Wrestling with licensing requirements?

The government has made the Legislative Reform (Entertainment Licensing) Order 2014 (SI 2014/3253), which deregulates aspects of entertainment licensing under the Licensing Act 2003.

When it comes into force on 6 April 2015, it will, among other things:

  • raise the audience ceiling for unregulated events on alcohol-licensed premises to 500;
  • deregulate events held by local authorities, hospitals, and schools; and
  • remove licensing requirements for circus performances and for Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling events with an audience of up to 1,000 people.

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