Licensing Act 2003 - Determining Film Classifications Policy

The City Council as the Licensing Authority, is responsible for authorising the public exhibition of films. Section 20 of the Licensing Act 2003 provides that where a Premises Licence or Club Premises Certificate authorises the exhibition of a film(s), the licence must include a condition requiring the admission of children to films to be restricted in accordance with recommendations given either by the British Board of Classification (BBFC) or by the Licensing Authority itself.

The purpose of this policy is to set out the formal procedure for the Licensing Authority to determine the classification of previously unclassified films, appeals by distributors against the British Board of Classification's decisions or requests to reclassify films.

Determining Film Classifications Policy 

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