Apply for this licence

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You may need a PPL (Phonographic Performance Ltd) licence if you play recorded music in public or on your business premises. This can include playing a CD, radio, or a music channel.

PPL collects and distributes money for the use of recorded music on behalf of record companies and performers.

Businesses that might need a licence include:

  • shops
  • offices and factories
  • hairdressers and beauty salons
  • cinemas and theatres
  • hotels and guesthouses
  • restaurants and cafes
  • pubs, bars and nightclubs
  • sports grounds and other sporting facilities (such as bowling alleys)
  • gyms and other health facilities
  • bingo halls and casinos
  • social clubs and members’ clubs
  • churches and halls
  • public transport

You’ll need to pay a licence fee. The fee will vary depending on the type of licence applied for and from which organisation. You won’t need a licence if you play royalty-free music.

You may need a licence to play music managed by another licensing body or collective management organisation.

How to apply

You can find more information about the type of licence you need, as well as application forms and fees, on the PPL website.

You can also contact PPL:

Fines and penalties

You are infringing copyright and could be sued for damages if you play recorded, copyrighted music in public without a licence.