Renfrewshire Council

Entertainment Licences

If you are organising an event in the near future, then you should take note that there are changes in the law in relation to Public Entertainment Licensing.  

Since 1 April 2012, even if your event is free to the public, there may be a requirement for a licence depending on whether the type of event proposed would currently need a Public Entertainment Licence from Renfrewshire Council if there was a charge involved.
 

These are the types of activities/events which currently require to be licensed within Renfrewshire:

  •     Open air concerts
  •     Circuses
  •     Fairgrounds
  •     Large fetes with tented accommodation for the
        public
  •     Snooker, billiards or pool halls which do not have  
        a liquor licence
  •     Premises used for dancing which are not exempt
  •     Amusement arcades
  •     Tanning salons.
  •     Video machine arcades
  •     Concert halls
  •     Firework displays
  •     Live performances
  •     Musical shows
  •     Paintball games
  •     Bungee jumping/Bungee running
  •     Motor shows
     

How do I apply for a licence?

An application pack with an application form and guidance notes can be downloaded from the related content area of the website.

You can apply in person at our Customer Service Centre or post your application to us at the address below, with the appropriate fee and documents enclosed.

If you are considering an event and wish advice on whether a licence is required you may contact the Civic Enforcement Officer details can be found in the related content area of the website.

You must answer every question on the form. If a question is not relevant, mark it as 'not applicable'.
 

What documents do I need to apply for a licence?

You require to submit public liability insurance and a letter of consent from the land owner (if required).  See guidance notes.

For outside events a plan of the area where the event is taking place, which clearly identifies the various activities, should be supplied with the application. The licensing section also requires to see evidence of your public liability insurance cover and inspection tests for all fairground rides and equipment before an application can be considered.
 

How much is the licence fee?

Information on fees for all licences can be found in the related content area of the website under civic application fees.
 

How long will my application take?

All applications made under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 must be considered within three months and a decision made within nine months.
 

Who is consulted about my application?

A copy of your application will be sent to Police Scotland, Scottish Fire & Rescue, the local Councillor, the Community Councillor, the Community Resources Department, Education & Leisure and where the premises are within Paisley Town Centre the Town Centre Manager. They will carry out their own investigations and report back to the licensing section.


What happens if there if an objection to my application?

If an objection is received from any of the consultees, the application must be considered at a meeting of the Regulatory Functions Board. You will be formally cited to attend the meeting and a copy of the letter of objection will be sent out to you with the citation letter.
 

What conditions are attached to my licence?

The conditions of licence for event type licences and tanning salon licences can be found in the related content area of the website.

 

How long does the licence last for?

Applications for the grant of a public entertainment licence - premise based are generally granted for a period of one year. 

Applications to renew an existing licence are normally granted for a two year period. However, public entertainment licences for events are granted for the duration of the event and expire when they finish.

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