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Public entertainment licence

Conditions of licence - funfairs

Note: Additional conditions could be added to during the application process.

  1. The number of people allowed into the premises at any one time must not be more than the maximum number allowed under the Building Standards (Scotland) Regulations 1981 and any conditions the chief fire officer makes under the Fire Precautions Act 1971.
  2. This licence must be available for inspection at all times by Police or other Council Officers.
  3. You must not change or damage the licence.  If asked, you must take your licence to your local office for them to check.
  4. You will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the premises and you must make sure that enough staff are on duty when the premises are open to the public.  You must give all staff clear instructions on what to do if there is a fire.  You must display a clear statement of these duties in a place within the premises which all staff members can easily see.
  5. We or the chief fire officer may set a limit on the maximum number of people you can allow into the premises either for any one performance or for the rest of the period of the licence.
  6. You must keep to any order or instruction any police officer has given you:
  • to avoid annoying the public or the people living or working in any nearby premises;
  • in connection with any emergency or disturbance (including an order or instruction to close the premises for a limited period); or
  • at any time when the officer considers it in the public interest to give the order or instruction

    You must also make sure that the chief fire officer or his representatives, any representatives of Police Scotland or any of our authorised officers have free access to and from the premises at any time.

  1. You must collect and remove any paper, rubbish or other waste produced or built up during the entertainment or leisure at your premises.  You must make sure that all approaches, staircases and passageways are free from obstacles.  You must not put seats or other obstacles in any of the passageways.  You must not allow anyone to stand or sit in any passageway during performances.  All doors and barriers must open outwards and must not be fastened or locked when the premises are open.
  2. You must not allow anyone to perform or give an exhibition or demonstration of hypnotism on any person in the premises which the public are allowed access to, unless you display a notice in the premises (where members of the public can easily see it) which clearly warns the public of the possible dangers involved.  We must approve the wording of the notice.  If any member of the public does not want to see the entertainment, as a condition of the licence you must refund any money that person paid to get access to the entertainment before the entertainment began.
  3. All exit doors in the premises must be lit to BS 5266 Standards and have exit signs in line with BS 5499.  Existing ‘old-style’ exit signs are acceptable in existing buildings but they should not be mixed with the new signs which have the directional arrow and the running man.  All premises must also be lit to a level we agree to.  The emergency lighting must be continuously lit and installed in line with BS 5226. You must not install temporary electric lighting in any part of the premises without our written permission.  You must disconnect temporary lighting immediately after every performance.
  4. If you are no longer using the premises for licensed entertainment for more than two months of the period the licence applies to, or if the licence has run out, you must, within seven days of this happening, tell your local office and send your licence to them. Once you have done this, we will consider you to have given up your licence under paragraph 13(1) of schedule 1 to the 1982 Act.   If you do not do this, you will be breaking this condition of your licence.
  5. You must make sure that you have suitable third-party insurance for the above premises at all times during the period the licence applies to.
  6. You must make sure that any scaffolding for staging props or seating is suitably designed and built for the load it will carry or support.  You should also make sure that all decorative surfaces and surface finishes are made of materials which will not catch fire or burn easily.  All scenery, curtains, drapes and fabrics must be flame resistant and all upholstered furniture must pass the smouldering-cigarette test and butane-flame test and keep to BS 5852 part 1 1979.
  7. You must not use smoke bombs, smoke generators, flash powder, flash boxes, detonators and similar items without getting permission from the chief fire officer and us.  You must not use lasers or other similar devices without our permission.
  8. You must make sure that only authorised people have access to gas taps and electrical light switches.  You must also make sure that the premises are properly ventilated and heated to a level we are happy with.
  9. You must provide toilets and washing facilities to a standard we are happy with.  You must make sure that you keep to the conditions of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and any other similar regulations.  All facilities for making or supplying food must keep to the conditions of the Food Safety Act 1990 and the Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995.
  10. You must not give away living animals as prizes relating to the entertainment.  By 'animal' we mean mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, insects or any other living thing that is not a plant or fungus.
  11. You must make sure all posters and advertising materials are removed immediately following the event. Failure to do so will result in the Council taking action on your behalf and passing costs on to you.
  12. The applicant shall ensure that adequate controls are in place to prevent nuisance to any nearby noise sensitive receptors and will co-operate with any reasonable requests made by authorised officers of the local authority.
  13. You must comply with the terms of the “Event Safety Guide”. 
  14. All marquees, gazebos and tents for which fire retardant certificates have not been submitted to the Licensing and Registration Manager must have the side panels of same in an open position at all times.
  15. It is a further condition of the licence that the operation of the funfair should be operated within the Guidelines within HSG 175
  16. Only the mechanical rides/inflatables for which insurance documents and safety certificates have been submitted to the Licensing and Registration Manager, can be used at the event.
  17. It is a condition of this licence that only the mechanical/inflatable rides listed can be used at an event. If additional mechanical/inflatable rides are used at the event without the knowledge of South Lanarkshire Licensing and Registration Services this will impact on future applications
  18. Only food vendors that have submitted the relevant Compliance Certificates can trade at the event.

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