Section 33 of Bombay Police Act 1951 empowers C.P./D.M. to make rules for requlation of traffic and for preservation of order in public places. Establishments / organisers providing entertainment in the form of dramatice / mimetice / dance or similar performances are required to obtain proper license from the competent authority under the rules referred to above.
1 ) What is the meaning of 'Eating House''?
Ans : 'Eating House' means any place to which the public are admitted, and where any kind of food or drink is supplied for consumption in the premises by any person owing or having an interest in or managing such place, and include a refreshment room, boarding-house, coffee-house or a shop where any kind of food or drink is supplied to the public for consumption in or near such shop, but does not include "placeof public entertainment".(Please refer section 2(5A) of B P Act 1951).
2 ) What is the meaning of the term ‘place of public entertainment’?
Ans : Place of public entertainment means a lodging house, boarding and lodging house or residential hotel and includes any eating house in which any kind of liquor or intoxicating drug is supplied (such as a tavern, a wine shop, a beer shop or a spirit/ arrack/ toddy/ ganja/ bhang/ opium shop) to the public for consumption in or near such place. (Please refer section 2 (10) of Bombay Police Act, 1951).
A PPEL license is required to be obtained by all such establishments from the competent authority (CP/DM) under
the rules made under section 33 of B P Act 1951. ( Pl refer Rules for Licensing and Controlling Places of Public entertainment 1953 for Greater Mumbai). There are two classes for obtaining licence for Place of public entertainment classified as class "A" (to sell a liquor, toddy, or any intoxicating drug) and class "B" (For residential Hotels and Lodging Houses)
3 ) What is the meaning of the term ‘place of public Amusement'?
Ans : Place of public Amusement means any place where music, singing, dancing, or any diversion or game, or the means of carrying on the same, is provided and to which the public are admitted either on payment of money or with the intention that money may be collected from those admitted and includes a race course, circus, theatre, music hall, billiard room, bagatelle room, gymnasium, fencing school, swimming pool or dancing hall.(Please refer Rules for licensing and controlling places of public amusements (other than cinemas) and performances for public amusement, including melas and tamasha's, 1960 for Greater Mumbai).
4 ) What is meant by premises and performance license?
Ans : A Premises and Performance license means a license is required to be obtained for all performances which would include live music, band, orchestra, drama, circus or any other type of performance in a public place under Rules for Licensing and Controlling Places of Public Amusement (other than Cinemas) and Performances for Public Amusement including Melas and Tamashas, 1960 .The Commissioner of Police and the D.M. are empowered to grant such licenses.