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Posted 11 January 2017
by Paul Kelly

A Licence to Thrill?

Park owners

If you show films, TV shows or sports on your holiday and residential park for the enjoyment of customers, you will require a licence to do so.

The type of licence required and the cost will depend on whether it is provided for ‘ambience’ or as a screening, whether viewers are charged and whether it is planned event. It is important to note that regardless of whether you charge for admission, you will require a licence for showing films, or television although the type of licence may differ.

If the film is shown as part of an organised screening, then you will require a single title licence.

If the screenings of the films are for ambience, or are adhoc and unplanned, you may be able to obtain an annual licence. In order to qualify for this licence, the audience must not be charged for admission, the screening must not be advertised outside of the licensed premises, and no commercial activity can take place during or immediately before/after the screening.

In order to show sports events on television screens you will require a television licence. Live television coverage of the sports events may be covered by a regular television licence. If they are not live on TV at the time you are showing them, for example they are old events or you have pre-recorded them, then you will need one of the other two licences described above.

Further details of the licences available and the cost can be found on the licensing bodies’ individual websites.

Further information about TV licences can be found below:

http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/.

https://www.gov.uk/showing-films-in-public.

 

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Paul Kelly

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