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Licensing Act deregulation

DCMS1A draft order that will remove the need for entertainment licences for most plays, dance and indoor sport, has been laid before Parliament by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).  Changes to current legislation as a result of previous consultations, which AD:uk took part in, are available here:

The order is the first part of the implementation of a Licensing Act deregulation package announced to Parliament earlier in the year. 

Provided that Parliament gives consent, the order will deregulate between the hours of 08:00-23:00 performances of plays and exhibitions of dance for audiences of up to 500 people. This measure is intended to remove costs and administrative burdens from creative groups and those involved in performance.


Ministers would like to be able to bring these measures into effect as quickly as possible once the Parliamentary processes complete. The DCMS will provide more information when Parliament’s likely timetable for the order is known.  This kind of process usually takes around two months when Parliament is sitting, so until the law changes those planning performances should continue to discuss arrangements with local Licensing Authorities.