A Public Entertainment Licence is required where Premises are being used to provide Entertainment whether or not there is a charge (money or otherwise) for the Entertainment.
The Licensing Authority has resolved that from 1 April 2014 the following activities constitute Entertainment within the Glasgow City Council boundary:
Health, Fitness & Beauty Facilities
Premises offering (i) gymnasium; (ii) sauna; (iii) sunbed; or (iv) massage facilities unless those facilities are being provided for the purpose of medical treatment and such treatment is being provided under the supervision or direction of a registered medical practitioner and provided within a healthcare establishment.
Premises providing fairground, theme park or amusement park facilities
Performance of (i) Dance; (ii) Live Music (amplified or unamplified); (iii) Recorded Music; or (iv) a Play taking place to an audience and for the primary purpose of entertaining that audience.
The public exhibition of an object such as a painting, sculpture, drawing, installation or historic artifact.
Public shows and similar events such as Festivals, Fairs, Sporting Events, Circuses and Firework Displays held primarily for the purpose of providing entertainment.
Exemption for Spectator Based Entertainment
A Public Entertainment Licence shall not be required for spectator based entertainment events that satisfy all of the following conditions:
Section 41 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 also provides statutory exemptions to the requirement to hold a licence, the main exemptions are:
Read our Guidance on Applying [117kb] for information on the application process including details of:
If you plan to submit your application at our Service Desk, you must make an appointment using our .
Appointments are available Monday to Friday excluding Public Holidays. Read more about Licensing Appointments.
Please refer to our Fees and Charges [120kb] document for details of the current fees and accepted payment methods.
The application will not be accepted without the correct fee.
Any person can make an objection or representation against a grant or renewal application during the 28 day consultation period.
Read our guidance on making an objection or representation for more information.
Applicants submitting temporary applications for major events with a capacity of over 5000 spectators should lodge their application with the Licensing Authority no later than 6 months prior to the event. All other temporary applications should be lodged no later than 3 months prior to their intended commencement date.
In exceptional circumstances applications may be accepted after these deadlines but applicants should be aware that the Authority may not be able to determine the application in time.