Theatre Licence

In terms of the Theatres Act 1968 theatre premises require to be licensed by their local authority. The Theatres Act 1968 will be repealed on 21 January 2021 when all theatre licences will cease to have effect.

The council will consider whether theatre licensing should be included in public entertainment licensing under Section 41 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982. The theatre licensing scheme is administered by the Council's Licensing Team.

The team are able to provide general guidance on the scheme but cannot assist you to complete your application form or provide legal advice on whether a licence is required. You should seek legal advice from a solicitor or advice centre if you are unsure as to whether you require a licence.

When is a theatre licence required?

Which premises require a theatre licence from the council?

Who should hold the theatre licence?

How do I apply for a theatre licence?

How will my application be dealt with?

What if my details change or I no longer wish to hold my licence?

Complaints about licensed theatre premises

How much is the application or renewal fee?