Entertainment Considerations

Acoustic reportsLive entertainment is a great way to offer patrons an experience that will boost your venue’s reputation in your community, not to mention supporting talented locals!  When managed appropriately, it’s a great way to add personality and a vibrant atmosphere in your venue.

There are some considerations your venue must take before you invite any musicians or start installing any expensive sound equipment.  Depending on the design of your venue’s premises, you may need an acoustic report.

If you intend to submit an application where the main activity is the provision of entertainment, you must be aware of the following conditions:

1. For venues not requiring amplified equipment and are not prepared to undergo an acoustic audit: 

a)    Keep amplified or non-amplified noise and patron noise below 75dB at fast response when measured three meters from the primary source of the noise.

b)    You must not use or install amplified equipment such as microphones or speakers in any outdoor area, veranda, patio, footpath or garden area of the premises.

2. For venue’s undergoing an acoustic report: 

a)    Noise emanating from the premises, including amplified or non-amplified noise and patron noise, must not exceed the decibel unit outlined in the report at fast response approximately three meters from the source.

If the report outlines a recommendation for outdoor amplification, conditions 1 (a) and 1 (b) will be imposed on public areas not covered by the report.  For all areas covered by the report, condition 2 (a) applies.

It all depends on the structure and location of your venue.  This may mean you might have to close doors or windows, for the duration of the entertainment, if there are nearby businesses or residential areas.

To find out more on noise regulations, an RMLV training course can assist you in determining the best course of action when providing entertainment within your venue.