Record details

Licence type
Who should apply?

A licence is needed if you intend to have entertainment such as a dance, concert, variety show or other entertainment in any place, where members of the public are to be admitted.

A licence is needed for any place, even if held outside. Examples of the type of activity requiring such a licence include:

Dancing establishments

Billiards, snooker or pool halls

Any exhibition to which the Hypnotism Act 1952 applies

Exhibitions of objects such as paintings, sculptures, drawings or historical artefacts

Exhibitions of persons, including but not limited to boxing, wrestling, cage fighting or martial arts

Saunas, massage parlours, tanning salons, nail bars, health clubs or gymnasia


Fun fairs, including merry-go-rounds, roundabouts, swings, switchback railways, skittle alleys, coconut shies, hooplas, mechanical riding, driving or boating apparatus or anything similar to any of the foregoing

Any activities involving shooting, including but not limited to archery, clay pigeon shooting, or paintball

Laser or war gaming

Motor cycle scrambling

Quad-bike scrambling

Track racing


Indoor or open air festivals or variety concerts, shows or performances

Amusement arcades with automatic or other machines, including but not limited to video gaming machines, intended for entertainment or amusement which are not licensed in terms of the Gambling Act 2005

Bouncy castles or similar structures, or trampoline venues

Internal or external children’s play areas including soft play areas

Indoor bowling alleys including ten pin bowling alleys

Bungee jumping or catapulting

Outdoor adventure or activity parks or anything similar to the foregoing

Water sports activities including raft races

Fireworks or bonfire displays

Torchlight processions

Agricultural, equestrian or livestock shows

Indoor skate parks

Major Sporting events such as Golf Opens

Highland Games

Boot camp” type organised exercise and fitness activiti

Event Organisers are also required to complete the form available at



Temp Public Entertainment Licence – up to 500 persons £196.00
Temp Public Entertainment licence   500  - 2000 persons £393.00
Temp Public Entertainment licence 2001 - 5000 persons £590.00
Temp Public Entertainment Licence  - Over 5000 £786.00
Duplicate Licence £27.00
Variation                                       £64.00
Grant of Full Public Entertainment licence – 3 years  £558.00
Grant of Full Public Entertainment Licence for Multi activity Indoor and Outdoor Facility. £1,594.00
Duplicate Licence £27.00
Variation £64.00
Indoor Sports Entertainment £239.00
Duplicate Licence £27.00
Variation £64.00


Before you apply

A risk assessment and public liability insurance are required

Please ensure the guidance notes are read before completing the application form.

What happens after we receive your application?

We will send a copy of your application to the Police and East Lothian Council officers for comments.

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