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Film classification

  • Business

Films that are be shown to a public audience must be given a classification rating. If you're a film maker or promoter, you can apply to either:

  • British Board for Film Classification
  • the local Licensing Authority for the area where the film is being shown.

How do I apply?

To apply for the classification or reclassification of a film you must apply in writing to the Licensing Department at least 2 months prior to the date you wish to exhibit the film.

An application for authorisation should include the following information:

  1. Name of the film maker
  2. A brief synopsis of the film
  3. Any recommendation as may have been made by the film maker upon age limit for the intended audience for exhibition of the film
  4. Any existing classification issued by an existing classification body, whether within or outside the UK
  5. Information identifying the material within the film considered by the exhibitor to be likely to have a bearing on the age limit for the audience for exhibition of the film.
  6. Language spoken in the film and whether there are subtitles in English.

Details of how any age restrictions will be enforced.

All requests shall be accompanied by the film(s) where possible in DVD format to avoid delays.

If the film contains dialogue in a language other than English an interpreter will be required for the classification.  We will arrange for a suitable interpreter and the applicant will be responsible for the cost of this.

Application process

The classification will be made by the licensing sub commitee.  A date will be arranged and the sub committee will viww the entire film and assess an appropraite classification for this.  The decision will be notifed in writing within 5 working days


The application fee is £80 per film.


  • Licensing Team
  • Barnet House, 1255 High Road, Whetstone London N20 0EJ
  • Tel: 020 8359 7443
  • Email: licensingadmin@barnet.gov.uk

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