AUDITORIUM/ Do you need a Premises License?
As per the definition given in the Regulations for Licensing and Controlling Places of Public Amusement 1980, a Premises is any place which is used or is intended to be used as a place of public amusement or place other than cinema , theatre wherein musical , dancing , dramatic , mimetic , theatrical or other performances of public amusement , exhibition ,or diversion or games or stages are held . A public amusement performance includes events of the nature of – dramas, song, dance, mimetics etc whether with or without admission fee and to which admission is not restricted exclusively to the members of a particular institution. Regulation 107 categorically states that No premises shall be allowed to be opened or used as place of public amusement unless the person being the owner, tenant, or occupier thereof shall have obtained a Premises License thereof.
Benefits: Apart from ensuring that your building is safe it also enables the organisers / event managers booking your premises to obtain Single Window Benefit for Performance Licenses.
Do you wish to open a new Auditorium?
Obtaining N.O.C for construction
Any person desirous of erecting a building or a tent or any other temporary erection, by whatever name called, on any site for the purpose of using it as a theatre or as a place of public amusement, or converting or using any existing premises for the said purpose, shall first give an application in writing to the Licensing Authority for the grant of a ‘NO OBJECTION CERTIFICATE’ specifying therein whether the application is for a permanent
or temporary place of public amusement. The application on a plain paper shall be accompanied by a blue print plan ( 4 copies) for the proposed site and shall clearly indicate the width of staircases, corridors, gangways, doorways, details of electrical installations, number of seats, surrounding roads and buildings which exist up to a distance of 60 meters of the proposed site. Schools, hospitals or places or worship, petrol pump and also the position of over head high tension cables/electric lines shall also be clearly indicated in the plan.
1 The poof of ownership of the land may also be attached.
Such person shall also make public, his intention by exhibiting a notice on a board on the proposed site in such a position that it can be plainly seen from the public thoroughfare or public place upon which such site abuts. The notice shall be in English and in Hindi as well as in the language of the locality. The notice on the board shall be maintained on the site until the matter is decided by the Licensing Authority. The board shall be at least 120x90 cms. In size and the notice shall be exhibited thereon in bold and clearly legible letters.
The Licensing Authority may also consult the Officer Executive Engineer concerned of the building and the concerned Communication Department Officer , in respect of the proposed site.
After thorough perusal the Licensing Authority may grant a certificate that there is no objection to the location of the premises at the site notified by the applicant under Regulation 3.
5 Validity of this no objection certificate shall be for a period of 2 years from the date of issue in the case of permanent premises and six month in the case of temporary premises.
The discretion to dispense with the requirement of the No Objection Certificate vests with the Licensing Authority.
OBTAINING BUILDING PERMISSION
No person shall put up any building or structure or convert any existing structure for being used as a permanent premises except with the previous permission in writing of the Licensing Authority
Procedure for obtaining permission–
1 Submit an Application form on plain paper. Each such application shall be accompanied by a true copy of the No Objection certificate issued by the Licensing Authority.
The application shall be accompanied by complete plans, elevations and sections of the proposed premises drawn to scale. The cardinal points shall be marked on such plans. The drawings shall be coloured to distinguish the material to be employed in the construction of the buildings and erections. The width of all staircases, , width of the doors the gangways , the doorways together with the heights of any galleries , or tiers , details of electrical installations etc shall be shown . Structural dimensions shall also be submitted with the application .The plans shall show the respective number of audience or spectators, all openings for ventilation etc. The plans shall be prepared by an authorised architect or qualified engineer and shall bear a certificate under his signature to the effect that the designs are sound and stable.
These plans are then forwarded to the Executive Engineer concerned for approval and the applicant is bound to carry out such alterations and additions in the plans as may be directed by the Executive Engineer concerned, before the plans are finally approved by him.
The permission to build shall finally be granted by the licensing authority and shall be valid for a period of 2 years from the date of the permission or within such extended time as may be granted by the Licensing authority.
No modification in the plans or addition or alteration shall be done to the premises except with the written permission of the Licensing authority in consultation with the Executive Engineer concerned.
The Licensing Authority may refuse to grant license to operate a premises, the building of which has not been constructed according to the approved plans and specifications.
OBTAINING PREMISES LICENSE:
Application for the grant of Premises License, shall contain the following -
1 Statement as to the nature and extent of the interest of the applicant in the Premises.
The name(s) of Manager(s) nominated by the Licensee.
The name(s) and addresses of the qualified electrician In charge of the electrical installation.
True copy of NOCs mentioned above.
Report of Executive Engineer (Building) to the effect that the Premises is sound and is in accordance with requirements under the provisions. He shall also specify the number of seats and accommodation available.
NOC from Electrical Inspector to the effect that the Electrical installations conform to the requirement of rules under the Electricity Act and specified in Regulations.
NOC from the Municipal Health Officer to the effect that there is no objection for Health point of view.
NOC from Fire Department for fire safety and safe escape point of view.
NOC from the Local Police for law & order point of view.
NOC from the DCP/Traffic for traffic point of view.
Character and Antecedent verification of the Licensee/representative of the Auditorium.
The Licensing Authority on receipt of documents and NOCs referred above, may grant a Premises License to the applicant on such terms and conditions and subject to such restrictions as the Licensing Authority may determine. The premises Licence shall be granted, subject to such additions and alterations as may be deemed necessary by the Licensing Authority. The licensing authority also reserves the right to refuse a license if the premises appears to it to be likely to cause obstruction , inconvenience, risk , danger or damage to the residents or passerbys in the vicinity of the premises.
DURATION: A license for premises of a permanent nature may be granted or renewed for any period not exceeding the 31st day of December of the year for which it is issued and a license for premises of temporary nature may be granted for period not exceeding three months at a time.
An application for renewal of Premises License shall be made to the Licensing Authority within one year after the date of expiry of the previous license and shall be accompanied by the following documents -
1 the NOC of Fire Department.
N.O.C from Electrical Department.
N.O.C from Health Department.
N.O.C from Building Department.
The Licensing Authority on receipt of documents and NOCs referred above, may renew the Premises License on such terms and conditions and subject to such restrictions as the Licensing Authority may determine.