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Licensing

Indoor sports entertainment licence

Apply and pay for an indoor sports entertainment licence.

Licence summary

  • If you use premises to show public sports entertainment, you must have a licence from the local authority.
  • Licences are not required for premises where the showing of sport for entertainment is not the principal purpose of the use of the premises.

Eligibility criteria

  • You must not be disqualified from holding a licence, and you must be fit to be the holder of the licence.

Regulation summary

A summary of the regulations covering this licence can be found at:

Will 'Tacit Consent' apply?

Yes, where the local authority fails to make a decision within six months of receipt of the application, the licence is deemed to be granted or renewed.

What happens if I don't hear from the council within the specified time?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it. You can do this online here if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below.

Fee

  • An indoor sports entertainment licence costs £205 (1 year); £373 (2 year); or £447 (3 year).
  • There is no cost to supply a certificate of compliance.
  • To change an indoor sports entertainment licence costs £40.00.
  • There is no cost to surrender an indoor sports entertainment licence.

Please note that if you pay by credit card you must pay a 2% administration charge.

Application forms

Application evaluation process

A licence fee will be payable, and the licence may be subject to conditions that:

  • Restrict the use of the premises to a specified kind or specified kinds of public sports entertainment
  • Limit the number of persons to be admitted to the premises
  • Fix the days and times when the premises may be open for the purposes of public sports entertainment

Applications must:

  • Be in writing (including by electronic means).
  • Be signed by the applicant (including by electronic means).
  • Contain the applicant's name and address, and those of any employee who will manage the activity on a day-to-day basis, and the area in which the activity is to be carried out.

The application must also contain either of the following:

  • A declaration that you will display a notice at the premises for 21 days which contains the details in your licence application and details on how to make representations regarding the application. This should be followed by a certificate to the licensing authority stating that this requirement has been complied with.
  • A declaration that you do not have rights in the premises that enable you to put up a notice, and detailing the reasonable steps that you have made to acquire those rights.

The local authority will send a copy of the application to the Chief Constable

Failed application redress

Please contact the council in the first instance:

East Renfrewshire Council
Legal services
Council Headquarters
Eastwood Park,
Rouken Glen Road
Giffnock
G46 6UG
Telephone: 0141 577 4684

If you wish to appeal against a decision you may do so to the local sheriff within 28 days of the decision. The sheriff can only uphold an appeal if they consider that the licensing authority:

  • Erred in law.
  • Used incorrect material fact when making their decision.
  • Acted contrary to natural justice.
  • Didn't exercise their discretion in a reasonable manner.

Appeals against a sheriff's decision can be made to the Court of Session within 28 days of the decision.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact the council in the first instance:

East Renfrewshire Council
Legal services
Council Headquarters
Eastwood Park,
Rouken Glen Road
Giffnock
G46 6UG
Telephone: 0141 577 4684

If the local authority decides to suspend a licence, not to renew a licence, or not to consent to material changes to the premises or vehicle used in the course of a licence holder's work, the licence holder may appeal against the decision to the sheriff, within 28 days of being notified, as long as they have already followed any available procedure in terms of stating their case to the local authority.

The appeal will only be successful if the sheriff considers that the local authority, in making their decision, had:

  • Erred in law.
  • Based their decision on an incorrect material fact.
  • Acted contrary to natural justice.
  • Exercised their discretion in an unreasonable manner.

The licence holder may then appeal on a point of law from the sheriff's decision to the Court of Session within 28 days from the date of the sheriff's decision.

Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked follow the UK government: Consumer rights advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

If you wish to make any objection or representation in relation to an application this must be in writing.

If you unsuccessfully made any objection or representation to an application, subject to you have taken all steps open to you in the consideration of the application by the Licensing Authority, you can appeal to the local sheriff within 28 days of the decision. The sheriff can only uphold an appeal if they consider that the licensing authority:

  • Erred in law.
  • Used incorrect material fact when making their decision.
  • Acted contrary to natural justice.
  • Didn't exercise their discretion in a reasonable manner.

Appeals against a sheriff's decision can be made to the Court of Session within 28 days of the decision.

Other Redress

Objections or representations relating to a licence application may be made in writing to East Renfrewshire Council, within 21 days of notice of the licence application being given, stating:

  • The grounds of the objection or nature of the representation, the name and address of the person making the representation

A chief constable, or anyone who has made a relevant objection or representation regarding the licence, may appeal against a decision within 28 days of being notified, as long as they have already followed any available procedure in terms of stating their case to the local authority.

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