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live music act 2012

The Live Music Act 2012 amends the 2003 Licensing Act by:

  • removing the licensing requirement for amplified live music taking place between 8am and 11pm before audiences of no more than 200 persons on premises authorised by a premises licence or club premises certificate to supply alcohol for consumption on the premises (at a time when those premises are open for the purposes of being used for the supply of alcohol for consumption on the premises), subject to the right of a licensing authority to impose conditions about live music following a review of a premises licence or club premises certificate
  • removing the licensing requirement for amplified live music taking place between 8am and 11pm before audiences of no more than 200 persons in workplaces not otherwise licensed under the 2003 Act (or licensed only for the provision of late night refreshment)
  • removing the licensing requirement for unamplified live music taking place between 8am and 11pm in any place, subject to the right of a licensing authority to impose conditions about live music following a review of a premises licence or club premises certificate relating to premises authorised to supply alcohol for consumption on the premises
  • removing the licensing requirement for the provision of entertainment facilities
  • widens the licensing exemption for live music that is integral to a performance of Morris dancing or dancing of a similar type, so that the exemption applies to both live or recorded music instead of just unamplified live music in that instance

Live Music Act 2012 – 'section 182 guidance' now available

The Home Office has issued revised guidance on complying with the 2003 Licensing Act, which reflects the new amendments to the law. Chapter 15 of this guidance deals with entertainment licensing, and can be found on the Home Office website.

You can also view our Q&A on the Live Music Act on this site.