Public performances of stage plays must be licensed under the Theatres Act 1968. The definition of a play includes any dramatic piece, involving speech, singing or action and the playing of a role. Ballets and musicals are also included in this definition. The holder of a Theatre Licence is not required to obtain a Public Entertainment Licence under the provisions of Section 41(2) of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982. 

The current list of application fees is available on the website.

Application forms are available from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page.

If you require further information about this topic please contact the Licensing Team, Legal Services, on telephone: 01856873535 extensions 2229 or 2232 or via email.

If you would like to see someone in person to discuss a licensing matter please contact the Licensing Team to make an appointment.

Data Protection Information - Civic and Miscellaneous Licensing

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on 25 May 2018.

Application forms and guidance issued by Orkney Islands Council (the Council) in relation to civic and miscellaneous licences will be updated.

In the meantime, an information sheet accompanies documentation provided to applicants and is published in the 'Related Downloads' section of this page.

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