PPL’s SFE Tariff covers the playing of recorded music at events such as discos and DJ nights.
In July 2018, PPL published a consultation paper on possible revisions to the scope, fees and structure of its tariff for Specially Featured Entertainment (“SFE”). This followed previous phases of public consultation and discussions with relevant trade associations. The consultation closed in October 2018 and PPL has now considered the responses it received from both individual licensees and trade associations.
Explaining the New PPL SFE Tariff
PPLP301 Specially Featured Entertainment – Nightclubs, Pubs / Bars, Restaurants / Cafes and Hotels
This Tariff will:
Come into effect on 1 July 2019. For new customers, this means it will apply to any new licences granted from that date. For existing customers it will apply to licence renewals with a renewal date on or after 1 July 2019.
Apply to SFE events in nightclubs, pubs/bars, restaurant/cafes and hotels.
Measure the audience at an SFE event by using the total number of admissions to the event.
See the fee increase in direct proportion to the size of the audience (measured in bands of 25 persons). This will help to ensure events with different audiences are treated fairly and consistently.
Introduce two new smaller tariff bands for events with attendances of 1-25 and 26-50 persons. In many cases, this will help to ensure that licensees with small SFE events will initially pay less for such events than they are paying under the current SFE tariff.
Increased the fees compared to the current SFE tariff, but to a lower level than PPL’s economic analysis supported.
Phase in those increased fees over a 5-year period, to give licensees time to adapt to the changes. The 2019 fees will be based on a rate of 4 pence per person per hour, moving to fees based on a rate of 9 pence per person per hour by 2023 (subject to annual indexation).
If you have any queries on the Tariff ahead of its implementation on 1 July 2019, please contact SFEreview@ppluk.com.
The current SFE tariff PPLPP001 will continue to apply to SFE events at other premises until further notice.
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