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Technical standards for places of entertainment (Reprinted with revisions 1 September 2018)

Technical standards for places of entertainment (Reprinted with revisions 1 September 2018)

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Standards for the buildings, equipment and management of premises primarily used for entertainment, presenting unique hazards for performers, staff and the public due to the volume of people present in unfamiliar, noisy or poorly lit, surroundings. Though intended for indoor venues, much of the guidance will also apply to outdoor events.


Superseded by the June 2015 edition with April 2019 revisions. Produced by The Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT), the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), the District Surveyors Association (DSA) and the Institute of Licensing (IOL). First published April 2001. Reprinted with revisions July 2001, January 2002 and January 2005. New edition June 2008. Reprinted with revisions November 2009. New edition June 2013 Reprinted with revisions 30 October 2013 and 1 March 2014. New edition June 2015 Reprinted with revisions 29 April 2016, 1 February 2017, 1 April 2017 and 1 September 2018.




Publisher History

The Association of British Theatre Technicians campaign on behalf of the theatre industry to ensure legislation is appropriate, and that regulations are suitably drafted and enforced. Publications include the theatre industry’s Codes of Practice specific to the industry’s needs.



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