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Licensing Summary

If you wish to provide entertainment to members of the public you must obtain a licence from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.

There are generally two main types of entertainment: Indoor and Outdoor.

Indoor entertainment consist of:

  • Music, singing, dancing or similar entertainment’s
  • Theatrical performances
  • Circuses
  • Boxing, wrestling, judo or karate matches or exhibitions, and similar sports
  • Snooker, pool or billiards and darts matches or exhibitions, and similar games
  • Video machines, pool and snooker tables

This applies to:

  1. any place where, on payment of a charge, persons are admitted for the purpose of entertainment or amusement;
  2. any place where, on payment of a charge, meals or refreshments are supplied to the public; and
  3. any place where, on payment of a charge, persons may use any machines or equipment referred to in sub-paragraph (4 of the order) for the purpose of entertainment or amusement.

Outdoor Entertainment is entertainment of a musical nature that takes place in the open air and on private land.  A licence is not required for a garden fete, an athletics event, a religious meeting, a please fair or certain other events at which music is secondary.

Premises must meet certain technical requirements before a licence can be granted and must comply with any conditions or rules of management attached to a licence once issued.

Eligibility Criteria

A licence may not be granted, renewed or transferred if the applicant has been convicted of an offence of either providing unlicensed entertainment, or providing entertainments otherwise than in accordance with the licence terms and conditions within 5 years preceding the date of the application.

Regulation Summary

The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) (NI) Order 1985

Application Evaluation Process

An application will be deemed ‘made’ when the appropriate form is completed and submitted, accompanied by the appropriate fee:  Entertainment Licensing Fees and, where necessary, plans of the premises to be licensed (see below).

Within 7 days of making the application, applicants must also place a notice in one newspaper circulating in the council district that an application for an entertainment licence has been made: Newspaper Insertion.  This permits members of the public 28 days to make any representation in relation to the application.  Evidence that these public notices have been placed must be provided to the Council as part of the application process.

If you are applying for the first time, or the premises have not yet been build, or there have been renovation or alterations to a premises currently licensed, you must provide three accurate copies of the plans of building (drawn to scale where possible) when you apply.

Copies of the application will then be sent to the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service.  Their comments will be taken into consideration when deciding whether or not the licence should be granted.

An inspection of the premises will be carried out by the Council and the NIFRS before a new application or alterations to an existing licensed premises can be approved.  This may require works to be carried out to enhance fire safety.

All premises will be inspected by a Council Officer to ensure that the premises meet technical requirements before a licence can be renewed.

Within three months of the receipt of all supporting documentation (or failure to provide such documentation) the Council will determine the application.

Before an application is considered ‘completed’ the following information MUST be supplied within three months of the provision of the application form and fee:

  • Three copies of plans of the building, where required
  • A Fire Risk Assessment complying with the Fire and Rescue Services (NI) Order 2006 and associated regulations
  • Certification of testing/provision of firefighting equipment
  • Certification of installation/testing fire alarm systems
  • Certification of installation/testing of emergency lighting systems
  • An Electrical Installation condition report
  • Certification showing that there is in force a policy of public liability insurance

However, where the Council considers if justified this there month determination period may be extended to 9 months.  (This is most likely to happen when there have been objections lodged against the application, or in the case of a grant application where works must be carried out to the premises to meet technical requirements, or where, for renewal applications, remedial works have to be carried out by the applicant to ensure that the premises continue to meet technical requirements).

Applicants will be notified within 10 working days of any Council decision in respect of the application.

If a licence is issued it will be subject to the Rules of Management applied by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and in addition certain terms, conditions and restrictions may also be applied as necessary to individual premises or events.

 

Entertainment Licence Fees

The current level of fees are as follows:

 

An application relating to an indoor place of entertainment to which paragraph 1(2)(a), (b) or (d) and (6) of the above mentioned schedule applies, where that place or premises (as the case may be) may hold:

Occasional Licence Fee1 £

Full Licence Fee2 £

Not more than 100 persons

50

100

101 to 200 persons

75

150

201 to 300 persons

125

250

301 to 500 persons

200

400

501 to 1,000 persons

375

750

Over 1,000 persons

500

1,000

 

 

Fee £

An application relating to an indoor place of entertainment to which paragraph 1(2)(c) and (6) of the above mentioned schedule applies (i.e. a circus).
 

50

An application relating to an indoor place of entertainment to which paragraph 1(4) and (6) of the above mentioned schedule applies (i.e. where machines for entertainment or amusement or equipment for the playing of billiards, pool, snooker or other similar games, are provided.
 

100

An application relating to an indoor place of entertainment of any capacity for a licence to be granted under paragraph 4(2) of the above mentioned schedule (i.e. an occasional licence) in respect of:

(a)  a place used wholly or mainly for public religious worship in relation to an entertainment to which paragraph 1(2)(a), (b) or (d) and (6) of the
above mentioned schedule applies, other than any music or singing;

(b)  a place used for religious meetings or services in relation to an entertainment to which paragraph 1(2)(a), (b) or (d) and (6) of the above  mentioned schedule applies, other than any music or singing performed as an incident of a religious meeting or service; or 

(c)  an educational institution while not being used as such in relation to an entertainment to which paragraph 1(2)(a), (b) or (d) and (6) of the above      mentioned schedule applies.
 

50

An application relating to an indoor place of entertainment of any capacity to which paragraph 1(2)(a), (b) or (d) and (6) of the above mentioned schedule apply for a licence to be granted under paragraph 4 (2) of that schedule (i.e. an occasional licence) where the application is made by a voluntary organisation3 or a charity.
 

50

An application by a voluntary organisation or a charity relating to outdoor musical entertainments to which paragraph 2 of the above mentioned schedule applies, where that place may hold:
- Not more than 500 persons; or
- Over 500 persons 
 


125
250

An application, other than by a voluntary organisation or a charity, relating to outdoor musical entertainments to which paragraph 2 of the above mentioned schedule applies, where that place may hold:
- Not more than 500 persons; or
- Over 500 persons 
 




1,000
2,000
 

An application under paragraph 7A of the above mentioned schedule for the variation of the terms, conditions or restrictions on or subject to which an entertainments licence is held.

80

 

Footnotes:

  1. A licence granted under paragraph 4(2) of the above mentioned schedule (i.e. an occasional licence).
  2. A licence granted under paragraph 3 of the above mentioned schedule.
  3. A ‘voluntary organisation’ means an organisation carrying on or proposing to carry on activities otherwise than for the purpose of gain by the organisation or individual members thereof.

 

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

Tacit consent will only apply where a renewal application is received before the date of expiry of the existing licence.  This means that the licence is deemed to remain in force beyond the expiry date of the previous licence until such times as the application is withdrawn, renewed or refused in accordance with the time scales detailed above.

Applications received after the date of expiry of an existing licence will be treated as an application for the Grant of a licence.

Tacit consent does not apply to applications for the Grant or Provisional Grant of a licence.  It is in the public interest that such applications are fully processed before a licence can be issued.

The Police, Fire and Rescue Services and the public all have a legitimate interest in the outcome of such applications therefore Tacit Consent does not apply to minimise the risk of a licence being granted inadvertently, subsequently resulting in public disorder, removal of protection of the safety of the public and a cumulative adverse environmental impact on the vicinity of the premises.

If a licence has not been granted within the time scales set above you may not provide entertainment at the location in question until such times as an application is determined.

If you have not heard from Council within a reasonable period, please contact us using the details below.

Apply Online

Application for a licence to offer Entertainment

Application to renew an Entertainment Licence

Application to change an Entertainment Licence

Application to transfer an Entertainment Licence

Forms to download, print and post

Application to apply for an Entertainment Licence

Application to transfer an Entertainment Licence

Advertisement for Newspaper (N.B. to be put in newspaper within 7 days of making the application)

What happens after I get my Entertainment’s Licence?

Entertainment licences are granted for a maximum of one year, are renewable and are always subject to various licensing conditions e.g. days and hours of use, types of entertainment that may be provided, occupant capacities, etc.  To ensure that these conditions are maintained the Environmental Services Department regularly inspect licensed premises when in use to determine that all conditions are being complied with and to take any necessary action should this not be the case.

Contact Details

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council
Environmental Services Department

Coleraine Office 66 Portstewart Road Coleraine BT52 1EY
Ballymoney Office 14 Charles Street Ballymoney BT53 6DZ 
Ballycastle Office 7 Mary Street Ballycastle BT54 6QH
Limavady Office 7 Connell Street Limavady BT49 0HA

Email:  escoleraine@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk

Failed Application Redress

Please contact Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council in the first instance.

Applicants will be notified within 10 working days of any Council decision in respect of the application.

Where the application is refused the applicant can appeal to the County Court.  This must be done within 21 days of the date the applicant has been notified of such a decision.

Applicants can also appeal any term, condition or restriction imposed on them by the licence.  Again, this should be done within 21 days of receiving notification of the term, condition or restriction to the County Court.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council in the first instance.

A licence holder may apply to vary a condition attached to a licence.  Applications are made directly to Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.

Consumer Complaint

We would advise that in the event of a complaint, the first contact is made with the trader by you – preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of deliver).

If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK: Consumer Direct will give you advice.  From outside the UK contact the: European Consumer Centre.

Other Redress

Any complaints concerning entertainment, including complaints about breach of conditions of licence, noise, etc. should be made directly to the Environmental Services Department on 028 7034 7171, or by email at escoleraine@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk.

Trade Associations and Useful Links

For advise on Fire Risk Assessment:www.nifrs.org/fire-safety/

To make enquiries about a licence to sell alcohol, contact the local Court Office at: Coleraine Court Office For advise on the Retail Licensed Trade contact:Pubs of Ulster Other licences may be required for the provision of music to the public:Performing Rights Society, PPL Licensing