Prohibition to hold film exhibition without licence
A person shall not exhibit or allow to be exhibited on any premises a film to which
persons are admitted on the payment of a fee or any other consideration, unless that
person has registered with the Authority and has been issued with a licence for the purpose.
Prohibition to operate film rental library and sales outlet
A person shall not display for renting or rent out, sell or distribute any film unless that
person holds a licence issued by the Authority for that purpose.
Application for licence
(1) A person who intends to obtain a licence shall
(a) apply in the prescribed form to the Authority,
(b) submit the application through designated offices of the Authority in the
(c) possess an identification number allocated to the person under the Taxpayers
Identification Numbering System Act, 2002 (Act 632), and
(d) pay the prescribed fee.
(2) Where the application relates to a licence for a film library, the applicant shall also
submit a list of the films intended to be held in the library to the Authority through the
Information Services Department.
(3) The Authority may invite an applicant to provide additional information where the
Authority considers it necessary.
(3) The inspection team shall inspect the premises in respect of which an application for
exhibition is made under this Act and shall satisfy itself as to the adequacy on the
premises as regards
(b) fire protection;
(c) adequate sanitary facilities;
(d) entrances and exits; and
(e) other facilities concerned with health and safety.
(4) A person who provides service to the public shall ensure that there are facilities and
equipment to make the service available and accessible to a person with disability.
(5) The inspection team shall submit its report including its recommendations in writing
to the Authority within fourteen days after it has been appointed.
Issuance of licences
(1) The Authority shall issue a licence to the applicant after conditions for the issuance of a licence in respect of the premises have been complied with.
(2) Where an application relates to a licence for the exhibition of films and the inspection
report recommends approval of the application, the Authority shall issue the licence
within seven working days after it has received the inspection report.
(3) Where the application is for a licence to operate a film library, the licence shall be
issued by the Authority within fourteen working days after the application has been
(4) Where verification of the list of films submitted by the applicant is required, the
licence shall be issued by the Authority within twenty-eight working days after the
application has been submitted.
(5) A licence is valid for a period of twelve months subject to renewal and may be
subject to conditions that the Board may determine.
(6) The issue and renewal of a licence shall attract fees prescribed by the Authority.
(7) Where the Board, for any reason, does not approve the grant of a licence, the
Authority shall inform the applicant of that decision within thirty working days after
receipt of the application.
(8) Failure by the Authority to inform the applicant of its decision on an application shall
be construed to be a grant of a licence to the applicant.
(9) An applicant dissatisfied with the decision of the Board may petition the Minister for
a review of the decision.
(10) Where an applicant is dissatisfied with the decision of the Minister in respect of a
petition for a review, the applicant may apply to the High Court for a judicial review of
the decision of the Minister
Registration with Copyright Administrator
A person shall not be issued a licence to operate under this Act unless that person
registers the content of the property of that person with the Copyright Administrator.
Transfer of licence
A licence issued under this Act shall not be transferred without the prior written consent
of the Authority.
Revocation or suspension of licence/b>
The Authority shall revoke or suspend a licence if satisfied that
(a) the holder of the licence has contravened or failed to comply with the
conditions of the licence;
(b) the holder of the licence has been convicted of an offence under this Act or
under the Copyright
Act, 2005 (Act 690); or
(c) it is in the public interest to do so.
Notice of operating under a licence
(1) The licensed operator of a cinema theatre shall display in a conspicuous place on
the premises and in legible and bold writing a notice that it is a licensed facility.
(2) The notice shall state the hours of operation and the fees chargeable for entry.
(3) A right owner, licensee or assignee who exhibits a film or operates a cinema theatre
shall advertise the film.
(4) The advertisement of the film shall state the classification of the film with the
(5) The licensed operator of a cinema theatre shall display publicity materials in relation
to a film in front of the theatre or premises where the film is to be exhibited.