Guidance for public entertainment licence holders - Coronavirus

As of Monday, 17th May 2021, some events will be permitted. Outdoor seated and open space events are advised to operate within a maximum capacity of 500 people. Outdoor grouped standing events are advised to operate with a maximum capacity of 250 people and small seated indoor events are advised to operate with a maximum of 100 people.

Though events are permitted, you may require a public entertainment licence to be granted before you can hold your event legally.

All event organisers must consider and follow the Scottish Government’s Events Sector Guidance.

If you are a British Sign Language (BSL) user, you can have this information translated via contactSCOTLAND-BSL, the online British Sign Language interpreting service.

Rescheduled Events

If you have already lodged a Public Entertainment Licence application and wish to re-schedule your event to another date(s), please email licapps@aberdeenshire.gov.uk preferably with a note of your application reference and the name of your event to let us know your plans.

If you do wish to have your event on another date you will not be charged by the Licensing Authority for the change of date.

Question: I have submitted an application for a new 3 year Public Entertainment Licence for an event taking place in the spring/summer. Can I postpone this and change the date to later in the year or next year?

Answer: Yes. We will allow you to roll this forward so that it covers 2021, 2022 and 2023 if you cancel this year’s event.

It is not legally possible for the Council to extend the period of a public entertainment licence that has already been granted, so whilst we have discretion to change dates within the 3 year licence period, we cannot extend those dates.