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24-hour Entertainment - A Reality!



Come 6 Oct 2003, all nightspots located within hotels registered with the Hotel Licensing Board will be allowed to operate 24 hours.

This is provided that the nightspot's entry and exit points (other than a fire exit) are located within the hotel proper but not leading directly outside the hotel.

In addition, the following areas - Collyer Quay/ Shenton Way, Marina Centre and Sentosa will be designated as zones where 24-hour public entertainment and liquor licensing will be allowed.

Police, in consultation with the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), have arrived at these three locations in response to calls for greater flexibility in entertainment hours. About 45 entertainment outlets currently located in these three areas are likely to benefit from this initiative.

Police had earlier on 1 Aug 2003 revamped and liberalized licensing conditions for nightspots, allowing, among other things, dancing on bar tops.

Nightspots operating within hotels and the three designated zones (Collyer Quay/Shenton Way and Marina Centre) may apply to the Police Licensing Division for a 24-hour licence.

There is no additional fee payable for the public entertainment licence but extension hour fees for the liquor licence are payable at the prevailing rates. For more information, please refer to Police's website at

In identifying the three locations, a key consideration was that these locations currently do not have significant residential use or are not near to residential developments. Other notable entertainment belts such as Boat Quay, Orchard Road and Mohd Sultan were also considered. However, these areas are deemed unsuitable for 24-hour licensing due to their proximity to residential properties and hence, the noise nuisance and other disamenities to neighbouring residents.

As we strive to help remake Singapore into a more vibrant city, Police and URA remain open to considering extended licensing hours of entertainment outlets for other areas. Changes will take place gradually. Any decision will be weighed carefully and involve achieving an outcome that seeks to balance differing needs, such as those of residents likely to be affected by noise nuisance, the potential for public disorder and crime and a desire by entrepreneurs to maximise business opportunities.

Singapore Police Force Media Release 3 Oct 2003



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4 October 2003

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