This consultation is now closed. If you have any queries please get in touch with Licensing.

The Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 allows the Council to choose what types of premises, activities or events it wishes to license within the Council area in respect of Public Entertainment. The purpose of regulating this type of activity is not to restrict trade or competition, but to help prevent crime and ensure public safety. In addition, every person who applies for a Licence is assessed to see if they are 'fit and proper' to have a Licence.

Public Entertainment Licences are currently required for a range of activities, premises and events – such as fireworks displays, funfairs, exhibitions, gala days etc. If your land or premises are used for the purpose of public entertainment then you could need a Licence from the Council. 

The Theatres Act 1968 will no longer be in force from January 2021 and East Ayrshire Council is considering whether to include theatres within its Public Entertainment Resolution. Should theatres not be included, premises would no longer be licensed. 

Why we are consulting

The Council is consulting about proposals to include licensing of theatres within the Public Entertainment Resolution which lists the type of places and classes of activity which require to be licensed.

We must now decide whether to adopt a formal resolution to license theatres under the public entertainment licence regime.

A report will be brought back to the Licensing Panel on the outcome of the consultation process, and to seek approval of the final form of the draft Resolution and supporting information.

We welcome your views on the proposals to include theatrical performances.

View the consultation process and proposed timetable after the consultation period (PDF 113Kb)


The Local Government Licensing Panel met on 10 October 2019 and agreed to begin a programme of consultation which will run from Friday 6 November 2019 until Friday 8 December 2019.

How to comment


Fill in our online questionnaire.


Send your comments by e-mail to


Licensing Administration
East Ayrshire Council
Council Headquarters
London Road

Contact Information

Licensing Board Administration
London Road
East Ayrshire
Telephone: 07557 168826

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