Changes made to public entertainment licences

Free to enter artistic events in the capital will not need a licence under new rules approved by the City of Edinburgh Council today (20 April).

Changes to the Council's Public Entertainment Resolution mean that free to enter events such as art exhibitions, poetry readings and charity/youth/religious functions do not need a licence.

It has also been agreed to set the capacity for these events not requiring a licence at 500.

A report outlining the result of public consultation on the legislative changes was debated by councillors at a meeting of the Council's Regulatory Committee. The changes were as a result of revisions made to the Civic Government ( Scotland ) Act 1982.

As part of the 28 day consultation process nearly 1,000 people and organisations took part in the Council's online survey.

Regulatory Committee Convenor, Councillor Rob Munn, said: "There has been much debate over the past few months regarding the changes to licensing regulations.

"The City of Edinburgh Council decided to carry out a consultation to gather views on a proposal to remove the need for a licence from a range of free to enter events.

"The committee feels that lifting the requirement for a licence for certain events in the Public Entertainment Resolution will ensure Edinburgh 's reputation as one of the most culturally-vibrant cities in the world will continue."

Any individual or organisation that still needs advice about licensing requirement should phone the Licensing Team on 0131 529 4208 or see the licensing pages on our website.

The changes to the Civic Government ( Scotland ) Act 1982 were intended to deal with large scale free events.

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