Public Entertainment Licence

Description :

Unless exempted, a public entertainment or arts entertainment licence is required under the Public Entertainments & Meetings Act for any entertainment that is provided in any place to which the public or any class of public has access, whether gratuitously or otherwise.

FAQ :

1 Do I need to apply for this licence?

Unless exempted, a public entertainment (PE) or arts entertainment licence is required under the Public Entertainments & Meetings Act for any entertainment that is provided in any place to which the public or any class of public has access, whether gratuitously or otherwise. For more information on the Act, please visit website http://statutes.agc.gov.sg

PE Establishment Licence
The common establishments that may require a PE licence are:
  • Nightspots such as bar, cabaret/ nightclub, cafe, discotheque, KTV lounge, lounge, pub, restaurant or snack bar

  • Amusement centre

  • Billiard saloon

  • Computer games centre

  • Shop operating crane/ game machines

PE Ad-hoc Licence
The following is a list of commonly held public entertainments that require an ad-hoc licence:
  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 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)

For more information on the Act and the exempted public entertainments and arts entertainment, please view the following Orders:

2 What conditions do I need to fulfill?

If a licence is granted, conditions may be imposed by the Licensing Officer. The standard conditions for certain PE licences are:

PE Establishment Licence
  • a bar, cabaret/ nightclub, cafe, discotheque, KTV lounge, lounge, pub, restaurant or snack bar
    - with dancing by customers (see Appendix 1)
    - without dancing by customers (see Appendix 2)

  • an amusement centre (see Appendix 3)

  • a billiard saloon (see Appendix 4)

  • a computer games centre (see Appendix 5)

  • a shop operating crane/ game machines (see Appendix 6)

  • a paintball centre (see Appendix 7)


  • PE Ad-hoc Licence
  • a beauty pageant or fashion show (see Appendix 10)


  • Please note that non-standard conditions may also be imposed on the licence by the Licensing Officer.
    The applicant may be required to obtain the approval of other relevant authorities after submitting an application, such as approval on the Change of Land Use from Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), Fire Safety Certificate from Singapore Civil Defence Force, etc. Please note that processing fees will be charged by URA and HDB for their planning permission / approval (where applicable) and that the planning permission / approval granted by these authorities does not guarantee the approval of a PE licence.
    The application guidelines for the common PE licences are given below:
    PE Establishment Licence
  • a bar, cabaret/ nightclub, cafe, discotheque, KTV lounge, lounge, pub, restaurant or snack bar (see Appendix 11)
  • an amusement centre (see Appendix 12)

  • a billiard saloon (see Appendix 13)

  • a computer games centre (see Appendix 14)

  • a shop operating crane/ game machines (see Appendix 15)


  • The existence of PE outlets in the vicinity of the proposed location does not automatically indicate that the PE licence application would be approved as Police takes other factors such as the law and order situation into consideration when assessing the application.

    PE Ad-hoc Licence
  • Beauty Pageant or Fashion Show (see Appendix 17)


  • 3 What supporting documents do I need to submit?

    You need to submit supporting documents for the following applications:
    1. Amusement centre - A list of proposed game machines, stating the name, description, no. of unit(s) and the floor area occupied by each game machine.

    2. Computer games centre - A list of computers and the floor area occupied by each computer game.

    4 How soon can my application be processed?

    The normal processing time for an application is 12 working days from the receipt of the application and the necessary supporting documents, if required.
    5 How much does this licence cost and how long is it valid?

    PE Establishment Licence
    The licence fee is dependent on the type of entertainment and the permitted hours of operation (see Appendix 18 - fees schedule). The licence for a PE establishment is normally issued for 1 year.

    PE Ad-hoc Licence
    The licence depends on the duration of the licence. The rates are $22 per day or $44 per 7 days, consecutive or otherwise.
    6 Who can I contact for further details?

    If you are facing any technical difficulties or require any assistance on how to file the application, you may contact the OBLS helpdesk at 6898-1595. For queries on Public Entertainment Licensing, you may contact our Service Support Officer at 6835 0000.
    7 What is the application process like?

    Submit a completed application form and the supporting documents, if required, via the electronic service provided at http://www.business.gov.sg/licences.

    For establishment licence, you are required to make payment of the licence fee within 2 weeks from the date the licence application was approved. After this date, the approval given will lapse and applicant will be required to make a fresh application for a PE licence.

    For adhoc licence, payment must be made before the date of the event or within 2 weeks from the date the licence application was approved, whichever is earlier.
    8 Other frequently asked questions

    Can I apply for an extension of operating hours?

    If you are holding an ad hoc licence, you cannot apply for an extension of operating hours. If you wish to extend the hours of operation, you will have to re-apply for a fresh licence.

    If you are holding an establishment licence, you can apply for an extension of operating hours. Please note that for Type A and Type B licences, you are automatically granted an extension of 1 hour on every Sunday and Public Holiday i.e. up to 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. respectively, unless stated otherwise in the licence by the Licensing Officer.

    Do I need to apply for a PE licence if I intend to have music, singing or dancing in a wedding dinner or a private celebration, in a hotel?

    You do not need to apply for a licence if the wedding dinner or celebration is only for your invited guests and it is held in room or hall where members of the public are excluded. However, if the dinner or celebration is held in an area which is accessible to members of the public, an arts entertainment licence from MDA may be required. For more information, please visit MDA website at http://www.mda.gov.sg.

    Do I need to get approval for the display of banner or poster?

    For all PE activities that you organise, please ensure that you obtain an advertisement licence from the Commissioner of Building Control & Construction Authority (BCA) before you display any banner or poster. For more information, please contact BCA at:Advertisement Licensing Section BCA
    5 Maxwell Rd #02-01 Tower Block
    MND Complex
    Singapore 069100
    Tel: 6325 7379
    Fax: 6325 7150
    http://www.bca.gov.sg.

    Who can I contact for further details?

    For further assistance, please contact the Police Licensing Division at 6835 0000 or email us at SPF_OPS_Licensing@spf.gov.sg. You can also write to us at:

    Police Licensing Division
    Police Cantonment Complex
    391 New Bridge Road
    Blk D #02-701
    Singapore 088762.

    DEMERIT POINTS SYSTEM

    What happens if a licensee accumulates 12 points in the first instance without going through 3, 6 or 9 points?

    He will be required to furnish a BG of $2000 for 24 months.

    What happens if a licensee accumulates 15 points in the first instance without going through 3, 6, 9 or 12 points?

    He will be required to furnish a BG of $5000 for 24 months.

    What happens if a licensee accumulates 18 points in the first instance without going through 3, 6, 9, 12 or 15 points?

    He will be required to furnish a BG of $5000 for 24 months and his operating hours will be curtailed for 1 month to 10 p.m. daily if the approved operating hours of the outlet are up to 12 midnight daily and with extension to 1 a.m. on weekends and public holidays. If the approved operating hour is up to 1 a.m. and beyond daily, the operating hours will be curtailed for 1 month to 12 midnight daily.

    What happens if a licensee accumulates 21 points in the first instance without going through 3, 6, 9, 12, 15 or 18 points?
    He will be required to furnish a BG of $5000 for 24 months and his licence will be suspended for 1 month.

    What happens if a licensee accumulates 24 points in the first instance without going through 3, 6, 9,12, 15, 18 or 21 points?

    His licence will be cancelled.