My public entertainment licence (PEL) has a condition stating that no entertainments can take place on Good Friday. I would like to hold entertainments this year, on Good Friday, what should I do?
The condition you describe is surprisingly common. It is a good idea to thoroughly check your public entertainment licence now to find out whether the condition is attached to your PEL. You will need to take your local council's advice as to how to remove this condition. The condition may request an application to vary your PEL to remove the condition. Alternatively, it may suggest that you apply for an occasional licence for the one evening. Whichever course of action you have to follow, you must act fairly quickly as you will have to give 28 days notice of both of these applications. You may also have to advertise the application both on the premises and in a local newspaper. Your council will be able to advise you as to the exact procedures that need to be followed. It is important that you obtain either a variation or an occasional licence if you do go ahead to provide entertainments on Good Friday. If you do not, then you will be providing entertainments in breach of the PEL and could be liable to a large fine.