Film authorisation (showing a film)

On 1 April the single new council for North Yorkshire launched replacing Scarborough Borough Council and other local authorites in North Yorkshire.

To find your Councillor or to view minutes, meetings and agendas please visit the North Yorkshire Council website.

The showing of films is a licensable activity under the Licensing Act 2003 and requires either a premises licence, club premises certificate or temporary event notice to be in place before a film is shown to the public.

It is also the council's responsibility to ensure all films shown to the public have been authorised, either by British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) or by the council's licensing authority.

In addition to authorising films that haven't been classified by the BBFC (generally for festivals or one off screenings), the Licensing Authority is able to apply different age restrictions to films already classified by the BBFC for local screening. Requests for reclassification can either be made by the distributor of a film or an independent member of the public.

Eligibility criteria

Anyone may apply to have a film authorised or reclassified.

Applciation evaluation process

The appropriate application form should be submitted to the Licensing Authoirty in accordance with the procedures available under related documents.

Will tacit consent apply?

A No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact the council.

Failed application redress

Please contact the Local Authority in the first instance.

An appeal against a decision may be made by the applicant within 21 days from the date of receipt of the notification of the decision to:

Scarborough Magistrates’ Court, The Law Courts, Northway, Scarborough, YO12 7AE

Other redress

Should any person have a complaint relating to a licensed premises or suspect a premises is operating without the required licence, please contact Licensing Services on 01723 232323 or email

PDF icon Film Authorisation Application Form110.15 KB