Arts Entertainment Licence

An Arts Entertainment Licence, unless an exemption is granted, is required for all indoor or outdoor arts entertainment events accessible to the public. They include plays, music and dance performances, art exhibitions, variety shows and pop/rock concerts.

Exempted categories under the public entertainments (exemptions) order are:

CategoriesWhere should they apply instead
“Getais”

Notification to Police of Exempted Public Entertainments or Arts Entertainment

https://www.gobusiness.gov.sg/licences

Performance of music, singing or dancing by or for children held at hotels or shopping centres

Notification to Police of Exempted Public Entertainments or Arts Entertainment.

https://www.gobusiness.gov.sg/licences

Lion or dragon dance

Notification to Police of Exempted Public Entertainments or Arts Entertainment.

https://www.gobusiness.gov.sg/licences

Constituency activities

Notification to Police of Exempted Public Entertainments or Arts Entertainment.

https://www.gobusiness.gov.sg/licences

Busking

National Arts Council

https://www.nac.gov.sg/whatwedo/engagement/artsforall/busking.html

Karaoke singing at weddingNA

Who to apply?

  • Any organisation or individual may apply for an Arts Entertainment Licence.

Fees?

  • Plays, music and dance performances, variety shows and pop/rock concerts: $10 per day
  • Art exhibitions, play-readings, poetry recitals, puppet shows and tableaux: $5 per day.

Where to apply?

Reproduction of Copyrighted Recorded Music

– Public Performance Licence (Karaoke or Music Videos)

To play karaoke or music videos in public, a licence that grants such a permission to the operator of a licensed establishment must first be applied and obtained.

Fees & where to apply?

– Reproduction / Dubbing Licence (Karaoke or Music Videos)

A licence must be obtained from MRSS to play videos – re-recorded and reproduced on a hard disc or a computerised storage system – on demand on a TV monitor in a public place of entertainment.

Fees & where to apply?

Public Entertainment Licence

– Public Entertainment Establishment Licence

The common establishments that require a PE licence are:

  1. Nightspots such as bar, cabaret/ nightclub, cafe, discotheque, KTV lounge, lounge, pub, restaurant or snack bar

> Transmission of recorded music, any variety act, performance of music, singing or dancing, gymnastics or acrobatics including dancing by customers

>Transmission of recorded music without dancing by customers

  1. Amusement centre
  2. Billiard saloon
  3. Computer games centre
  4. Shop operating crane/ game machines

Fees?

CategoryType AType BType C
Operating hours

Up to

– 1am (Monday to Saturday)

– 2am (Sunday and public holiday)

Up to

– 3am (Monday to Saturday)

– 4am (Sunday and public holiday)

Up to 6am daily
Any reproduction or transmission of recorded music by any means other than telephony or radio telephony, of any music or song; or any variety act, performance of music, singing or dancing, gymnastics or acrobatics in any place, including a place where dancing by customers is permitted, to which the public or any class of the public has access whether gratuitously or otherwise$720 per year$960 per year$1200 per year
Any reproduction or transmission of recorded music or song by any means other than telephony or radio telephony in any place where dancing by customers is not allowed and to which the public or any class of the public has access whether gratuitously or otherwise$260 per year$350 per year$440 per year
Any amusement centre, billiard saloon or computer games centre$360 per year$480 per year$600 per year
2 game machines or devices where by the manipulation of which chances are given in obtaining prizes in money or kind in any place to which the public or any class of the public has access whether gratuitously or otherwise$360 per year$480 per year$600 per year
Any other entertainment (other than arts entertainment)$360 per year$480 per year$600 per year


Where to apply?

– Public Entertainment Ad-hoc Licence

The commonly held public entertainments that may require an ad-hoc licence are:

  1. Acrobatic or gymnastic show
  2. Beauty pageant or fashion show (other than those exempted)
  3. Boxing or wrestling
  4. Circus
  5. Computer games
  6. Demonstration of art & craft, culture or sports (other than those exempted)
  7. Game machine / pin table (other than those exempted)
  8. Games of skill (other than those exempted)
  9. Magic shows (other than those exempted)
  10. Performance of music, singing or dancing or variety act (other than arts entertainment and those exempted)
  11. Transmission of recorded music (other than those exempted)

Fees?

Category1 Day7 Days
Operating HoursNANA
Any reproduction or transmission of recorded music by any means other than telephony or radio telephony, of any music or song; or any variety act, performance of music, singing or dancing, gymnastics or acrobatics in any place, including a place where dancing by customers is permitted, to which the public or any class of the public has access whether gratuitously or otherwise$22 per day$44 per 7 days
Any reproduction or transmission of recorded music or song by any means other than telephony or radio telephony in any place where dancing by customers is not allowed and to which the public or any class of the public has access whether gratuitously or otherwise$22 per day$44 per 7 days
Any amusement centre, billiard saloon or computer games centre$22 per day$44 per 7 days
2 game machines or devices where by the manipulation of which chances are given in obtaining prizes in money or kind in any place to which the public or any class of the public has access whether gratuitously or otherwise$22 per day$44 per 7 days
For every additional 2 or fewer game machines$22 per day$44 per 7 days
Boxing or wrestling contest$22 per day$44 per 7 days
Any variety act, performance of music, singing or dancing, gymnastics, acrobatics, demonstration or parade (other than ad-hoc performances)$22 per day$44 per 7 days
Circus or exhibition of animals$22 per day$44 per 7 days
Any other entertainment (other than arts entertainment)$22 per day$44 per 7 days

Where to apply?

Temporary Fair Permit

A permit is required from Director General of Public Health to hold a temporary fair under Section 35 of the Environmental Public Health Act, Cap 95.

Fees?

  • The permit fee is $60, regardless of the duration.

Where to apply?

Trade Fair Permit

A permit is required from Director General of Public Health to hold a trade fair under Section 35 of the Environmental Public Health Act, Cap 95.

Only grassroots organisations and charitable, civic, educational, religious or social institutions are allowed to hold trade fairs.

Fees?

  • The permit fee is $60, regardless of the duration.

Where to apply?

Animal Exhibitions Licence

All animal exhibitions and animal performances – permanent or temporary – require a valid licence from Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS). Application will only be considered after approval by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) or Housing & Development Board (HDB). Examples include exhibitions in zoos, marine parks, and oceanariums. Permanent animal exhibition licences must be renewed annually. A temporary animal exhibition is a temporary event where animals are displayed. It may include animal performances featuring animals such as dogs and horses.

Fees?

  • Exhibition fee is $126 per annum while licence application fee is $94.50.

Where to apply?