Licence to Emit Sound through the Utilisation of Loudspeakers in Entertainment Establishments
In order to utilize loudspeakers/jukebox in entertainment establishments in the Republic of Cyprus, one needs to obtain the licence to emit sound from the local municipality, in case the entertainment establishment falls within the administrative boundaries of a municipality, or the District Officer, in case the entertainment establishment does not fall within the administrative boundaries of the municipality but is located in a community, or as otherwise specified by Decree of the Minister of the Interior.
Who is Eligible
Every physical person or legal entity can get permission to utilize loudspeakers provided that he/she applies to his/her local Municipal Council or District Administration Office, depending on the location of the premises, and obtain the above-mentioned licence.
Where to Apply
The application form a obtaining a licence for emitting sound can be submitted either through the PSC Cyprus or by contacting directly the local Municipal Council or District Administration Office, depending on the location of the premises. The application form may vary according to the local Municipal Council or District Administration Office.
Contact details of local District Administration Offices are the following:
District Administration Nicosia
Alkaiou 2, 1458 Nicosia
Tel.: +357 22804304
Fax: + 357 22804314
District Administration Limassol
P.O.Box 56062, 3304 Limassol
Tel.: +357 25806500
Fax: +357 25305027
District Administration Larnaca
P.O.Box 40103, 6301 Larnaca
Tel.: +357 24805152
Fax.: +357 24304635
District Administration Paphos
Nikodimou Milona 5,
Tel.: +357 26801107
Fax.: +357 26306251
District Administration Famagusta
P.O.Box 33130, 5311 Paralimni
Tel.: +357 23812070
Fax.: +357 23827735
Which Certificates must be Submitted
The application should be accompanied by the following documents:
- copy of town planning permission or/and building permission;
- copy of the entertainment establishment’s operation licence from the Deputy Ministry of Tourism;
- an acoustic study, where applicable*, in accordance with the provisions of subparagraph (6) of the Article (3) of the relevant legislation.
*only if the entertainment establishment is located in a residential area. Consult Annex A of the Order of the Minister of the Interior, R.A.A. 304/2019, on the basis of Article 15 of the Law and for an ‘Acoustic Study of Sound Insulation and Noise Restriction’ based on Annex B of the Order of the Minister of the Interior, R.A.A. 304/2019, on the basis of Article 15 of the Law.
Fees Applicable & How to Pay
There are no fees applicable. Fees are expected to be set by means of Regulations pursuant to subparagraph (9) of article (3).
The applicant is informed regarding the authorisation decision within one (1) month from the date that the application form and supporting documents were duly submitted.
Licence Validity Period
It should be noted that licences for utilization of loudspeakers in entertainment establishments are valid for a period not exceeding three (3) years from the date of issue.
Dispute with the Competent Authority's Decision
How to File an Administrative Action
Administrative Action Against a Competent Authority’s Decision
Any person may file an Administrative Action at the Administrative court against a decision, act or omission of any competent authority or body.
Pursuant to Article 146 of the Constitution, an Administrative Action may be lodged within 75 days from the date of the decision or act or omission or from the day when such decision or act or omission was notified to the applicant.
The Administrative Court acts as a cassation Court and not as a substantive Court. In other words, the Administrative Court may:
I. Dismiss the Administrative Action
II. Annul wholly or partially the contested decision or act
III. Compel the relevant authority or body to take a certain action
After a decision is annulled, the authority and/or public body must reverse things back to the state prior to when the concerned decision and/or act was executed and reexamine.
How to Appeal
An Appeal may be filed against the Administrative Court’s first-instance decision within a period of 42 days from the date such decision was given.
At the Supreme Court (Court of Appeal Section) hearing, the contested issue of the appeal remains the legality of the decision or act already adjudicated for. However, such revision of the legality of the decision or act is solely examined on the matters and the extent that the two parties have limited the reasons in the relevant notice of appeal.
The decision adopted by the Supreme Court is considered final in relation to the matter that has been judged.
Legislation & Obligations
Which Laws and Regulations Apply
- The Entertainment Establishments (Sound Emitting Licences) Law of 2016 (50(I)/2016)
- Audio Rating Decree R.A.A. 303/2019 (determines the maximum allowable sound limits for areas, that based on the development plans, allow entertainment and development deployments)
- Order R.A.A. 304/2019 (determines when the competent authority can reduce the upper permissible sound limits and auditory studies that the owner of an entertainment establishment needs to submit located in a residential area or area other than those covered by the decree).
What are my Obligations
With regards to an entertainment establishment’s licence for emitting sound:
The owner of an entertainment establishment must:
- prominently display the terms of the licence for emitting sound that refer to the allowed volume limit, as well as the approved design referring to the location of the instruments used.
- keep the maximum permissible sound limits under the Sound Rating Decree (Κ.Δ.Π. 303/2019) or Order Κ.Δ.Π. 304/2019, which are set out in the issued licence for emitting sound as well as any other terms set out in the license for emitting sound.