Important Notice

Important Notice

  

New licensing conditions with effect from 1 Mar 2018   newly added

With effect from 1 Mar 2018, two new licensing conditions will be included for all establishment licences approved or renewed. The new conditions are reflected in 1A and 1B as follow: 

1A - The licensee shall ensure that the licensed premises does not promote, encourage or support, whether directly or indirectly, the offences set out in paragraph 1 above. This includes, but is not limited to, displaying or causing to be displayed, any message, picture, painting, poster, wall paper, or decoration which directly or indirectly depicts or glorifies the offences set out in paragraph 1.

1B - Where any material promoting, encouraging or supporting, whether directly or indirectly, the offences set out in paragraph 1 above is found by the Licensing Officer, the licensee shall immediately take all necessary measures to remove, or cause to be removed, the material upon notification by the Licensing Officer and comply with any directions given by the Licensing Officer to this end.  

 

Public Entertainments (Demerit Points) Rules

       

Pursuant to Section 10(3) of the Public Entertainments Act, Chapter 257, read with Rule 4 of the Public Entertainments (Demerit Points) Rules, the Licensing Officer may vary the conditions of a licence such that the daily operating hours are reduced by –

a.           1 hour for a period of one month if the licensee has been awarded, within a period not exceeding 24 consecutive months, with a total of 15 or more demerit points but less than 18 demerit points;

b.           2 hours for a period of one month if the licensee has been awarded, within a period not exceeding 24 consecutive months, with a total of 18 or more demerit points but less than 21 demerit points.

 

The above guidelines are not meant to be exhaustive, and the Licensing Officer has the discretion to vary the conditions of a licence, at any time, if there are other relevant factors and circumstances.  This is effective from 1 Aug 2017.

 

 

Public Entertainments Act and Regulatory Regime

 

Public Entertainments Act and regulatory regime have been amended with effect from 1 August 2017. Key changes include:

 

Setting up of a new Public Entertainment Appeal Board to hear appeals from specified establishments.

  1. Increased penalty of $20,000 for the offence of providing public entertainment without a licence or while suspended.

  2. Award of demerit points for offences which are taken-into-consideration for sentencing.

  3. Introduction of a 9 and 12 demerit point tier for nightclubs, cabarets, discotheques, bars lounges and similar establishments.

  4. Introduction of 1-year probation period for new licensees.

You may also wish to refer to the following legislation for more details:

  • Public Entertainments Act

  • Public Entertainments (Demerit Points) Rules 2017

  • Public Entertainments (Appeal Board Proceedings) Rules 2017

Queries may be directed to the Police Licensing & Regulatory Department at SPF_Licensing_Feedback@spf.gov.sg.

 

Last Updated on 11 April 2018