Renfrewshire Council

From the 3 July 2023 all applications will be checked and verified by the Customer Service Centre advisors.  You will require to email the application to from this date.

Indoor sports entertainment licence

How to apply, how much the licence costs, how long an application takes, who is consulted, objections and representations, conditions of the licence, how long the licence lasts for.

You will need an indoor sports entertainment licence if you intend to hold any indoor sporting event, contest, exhibition or display to which the public are invited as spectators.

'Premises' means any permanent or temporary building, tent or inflatable structure or any part of a sports complex.

How to apply for a licence

An application pack with an application form, guidance notes and conditions of licence can be downloaded from the related content area of the website.

You will require to complete the application form and provide all relevant documentation when making your application.  You must answer every question on the form. If a question is irrelevant, mark it as 'not applicable'.

In the first instance, the completed application form should be emailed to to be checked by the Customer Service team to ensure all questions have been completed correctly and supporting documentation sufficient.  Once the application form and all supporting documentation is accepted, the wet signature application form requires to be sent into the Council Offices at the address detailed below.  At this time please do not enclose original documents (ie passports etc), photocopies of these is sufficient at this time.  Payment can be made with cheque accompanying the application or we can make arrangements for payment to be taken over the phone on receipt of the signed application form.

What you need to do after you've applied

You must display a public notice at the proposed premises as soon as the application has been lodged.

The display notice must be displayed for a period of 21 days together with a copy of the application.

At the end of the 21 day period you must sign and return a certificate of compliance to confirm that you have displayed the notice for the statutory period. 

You can find these notices in the  indoor sports entertainment application pack [1MB] .

How much it costs

See the costs for licences on the civic application fees for licences page.

How long your application will take

All applications made under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 must be considered within 3 months and a decision made within 9 months.

Who is consulted about your application

A copy of your application will be sent to Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue, Community Resources Section, Development and Housing Services, and, where the premises are within Paisley Town Centre, the Town Centre Manager. They will carry out their own investigations and report back to the licensing section.

If there are objections or representations to your application

If an objection or representation is received the application must be considered at a meeting of the Regulatory Functions Board.

You will be formally cited to attend the meeting and a copy of the letter of objection or representation will be sent out to you with the citation letter.

Conditions of the licence

The conditions of licence are contained within the Indoor Sports Entertainment Pack that can be found in the related content area of the website.

A copy of the conditions of licence for indoor sports entertainment licences will be issued to you if your licence is granted. The council requires all licenceholders to have a thorough understanding of these conditions and they should be kept as they form part of your licence.

How long the licence lasts for

Applications for the grant of a licence are generally granted for a period of one year. Applications to renew an existing licence are normally granted for a two year period.