Live music licence

Usually, to provide late-night refreshments, regulated entertainment or sell alcohol, you need to apply for a licence.

However, some live music performance activities generally don't require a licence including:

  • karaoke
  • entertainment in places of worship
  • Morris dancing (or similar)
  • ‘incidental’ music that supplements another activity
  • garden fetes, as long as it's not for private gain
  • live radio broadcasts
  • moving vehicles

If you have any questions about live music licences, contact the licensing team for advice.


Last updated: 23 September 2016
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