Council reviews license law

GLASGOW city council have moved to clarify rules over public entertainment in the city.

A meeting of the Licensing and Regulatory Committee unanimously decided that the council will not require a license for events covering a temporary period which are not commercial.

The move means that from April 1 public entertainment that are free to enter will not need to be licensed as had previously been included in the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982.

This will be followed by a six-month review which will investigate how all forms of entertainment are licensed in the city.

The policy will also ensure that no licenses will be required for free, public entertainment during the review and consultation.

Particular concerns have been raised by the city’s artistic community over how the Act will the licensing of exhibitions.

However, the chair of the committee, Frank Docherty, believes this decision reaffirms the council’s commitment to Glasgow’s arts scene.

He said: “We will always do everything we can to support the art world in Glasgow.

“We strongly objected to the change to the law when it was being debated in parliament – but were not listened to.

“We predicted the change to the law would cause problems and that’s exactly what happened.

“But, b y making this decision, we have stepped in to defend the arts in Glasgow”.

The clarification of public entertainment regulation in Glasgow will mean that small-scale charitable and community-based events will remain unaffected by the change in the law.

Also, places such as cafés which display artwork will not require a license while pop-up shops that sell art will also be unaffected by the law.

A spokesman for the council added: “The go-ahead for a full consultation on the licensing of all kinds of public entertainment has now been given.

“There has been a recent focus on exhibitions and so we want to continue to work with the artistic community on this issue.

“But we would urge anyone who has an interest in the full range of public entertainment events staged in Glasgow to put forward their views once the consultation is underway”.