Public Entertainment Licence



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Corona Virus Covid-19 Events Sector Guidance


Where you have already applied for or hold a Public Entertainment Licence please notify us of your rescheduled event date. Where a new date has not been arranged please confirm that you have cancelled your current event and will be deciding a replacement date in due course. These notifications will then allow us to amend dates on any current licences and ensure your PEL will be valid for your new event.

When applying for a Public Entertainment Licence please be aware that any changes to the Scottish Government Covid 19 Guidance or movement by Moray into a more restricted level means that any granted licence may be revoked at short notice. Please note that the fee for a licence is for the administration, consultation and processing of applications and where we have already processed an application, we will not be in a position to offer a refund.

If your premises are used as a place of public entertainment you must hold a public entertainment licence.

Such a licence is not required in certain circumstances, eg for an athletic or sports ground being used for sports or athletic purposes or entertainment that is being provided on premises licensed under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 during licensed hours.

Licences are obtained from the Moray Council for the Moray area where the activity is to be carried out. The Moray Council are the local authority for the Moray area.

Applications may be subject to a fee and should be made in writing in such a form as required by the licensing authority (including by electronic means). Applications must be signed by the applicant or their agent (including by electronic means).

Please read our Guidance Notes (PDF) for advice on how to complete the Application Form, and more information about the application procedure, the Certificate of Display and Schedule of Conditions.

If you are the organiser of a large event in Moray new legislation approved by the Scottish Parliament will now require the use of Coronavirus vaccination certificates to enter some events and higher risk venues. This scheme will come into effect on 1 October 2021.

Proof of vaccination will be required to enter:

  • Nightclubs
  • Adult entertainment venues
  • Unseated indoor live events, with more than 500 people in the audience
  • Unseated outdoor live events, with more than 4,000 people in the audience
  • Any event, of any nature, which has more than 10,000 people in attendance

Further details can be found at

You will be required to include documentation reflecting how this measure will be taken as part of your application for your Licence.

Should you wish to discuss this further or have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Covid Compliance Officer

Application Form (PDF) Application Form (Word)

Please check the decision tree (PDF) to help you decide which Public Entertainment Licence would suit you best.

In order to assist you in submitting all if the required documents we have supplied some Event Plan, Safety Plan and Risk Assessment templates here, along with some additional guidance and information you may need to consider. We understand that not all events will require all of the information on the template so please edit the templates to suit the type and size of event you are applying for.

General Event Guidance (PDF)

Inclusive and accessible events (PDF)

Risk Assessment Guidance for Events (PDF)

Basic Event Safety Plan (PDF)

Basic Small Scale Event Plan (PDF)

Comprehensive Large Event Plan (PDF)

IMPORTANT: The Health and Safety Executive has issued a safety alert (PDF) to all Fairground Trade Associations. You can also find health and safety guidance for fairgrounds on the Health and Safety Executive's website.

Variation to the Public Entertainment Licence

Please view a variation to the Public Entertainment Licence

Eligibility Criteria

If the application is for entertainment that will be mainly or wholly on the premises you must display a public notice detailing your application, in a public place at or near the premises for 21 days from the date the application is submitted. The notice must contain details relating to the application, where objections and representations can be made and how the objections and representations can be made.

If you are required to place a notice you must supply the licensing authority with a certificate confirming you have complied with the requirement.

Regulation Summary

A summary of the eligibility criteria for this licence


We will send a copy of the application to the local chief constable and to the appropriate relevant authority (or where applicable the enforcing authority under the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005).

The enforcing or relevant authority may be the Health & Safety Executive, the fire service or the local authority.

Wel will give notice to the public in local newspapers of every application.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from us by the end of the target completion period.


The fee you will pay depends on the information you supply in your application. Guidance on how to calculate the fee is given in the form and you will pay it online.

To minimise our costs, we pass on a 1.80% charge on the value of all payments made by credit card.

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To apply online for a public entertainment licence or for a certificate of compliance use the links in the Online Services box below.

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