Decision details

Film Classification

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No



The Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning has agreed to adopt the film classification process outlined and has agreed the reasonable costs to cover the classification process.


The fee charged to the applicant will be based on the following criteria as shown in appendix 3:


·       The length of the film submitted is based on a Band 3.5 officer minute rate.

·       The application fee is based on a Band 3.5 officer hourly rate.

·       The appeal classification, where the applicant is requesting the film to be re-classified will be referred to the Team Manager and will be charged based on band 4.4 (Team Manger minute rate).


Reasons for decision:


The statutory authority for charging reasonable costs falls within section 93 of the Local Government Act 2003. Details on the act can be found at Appendix 5.


By introducing a fee for the classification of films, the Licensing Service is proposing to recover for officer time and other associated costs. It is estimated the level of income earned will be approximately £25,000 per annum.


Publication date: 14/01/2022

Date of decision: 14/01/2022

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