Regulations on the Administration of Entertainment Places (Revised in 2016)

Regulations on the Administration of Entertainment Places (Revised in 2016)
Regulations on the Administration of Entertainment Places (Revised in 2016)

Order of the State Council of the People's Republic of China No.666

February 6, 2016

(Adopted by the Order of the State Council of the People's Republic of China No.458 on January 29, 2006; and revised in accordance with the Decision of the State Council on Revising Certain Administrative Regulations on February 6, 2016)

Chapter I General Provisions

Article 1 With a view to strengthening the administration of entertainment places and ensuring the healthy development of entertainment places, the present Regulations are formulated.

Article 2 The "entertainment place" as mentioned in the present Regulations refers to the singing, dancing and game places for profits, which are opened to the general public and for the self-entertainment of consumers.

Article 3 The competent departments of culture under the people's government at the county level or above shall be responsible for the supervision and administration on daily business operation of the entertainment places, and the public security organs at the county level or above shall be responsible for the supervision and administration on fire control and public security of the entertainment places.

Article 4 No state organ or any of its functionaries may operate entertainment places or participate in the business operation of entertainment places or do so in any disguised form.
No relative, who has such relationship as husband and wife, lineal descent, collateral consanguinity within three generations or close affinity with the any functionary of the competent departments of culture or the public security organs, may operate entertainment places or participate in the business operation of the entertainment places or do so in any disguised form.

Chapter II Establishment

Article 5 Anyone, who is subject to any of the following circumstances, shall not operate entertainment places or work in entertainment places:
1.having ever committed the crime of organizing, forcing, tempting, harboring or introducing prostitution, the crime of producing, selling or disseminating nasty materials, the crime of smuggling, selling, transporting and manufacturing drugs, the crime of rape, the crime of molesting or humiliating women by forces, the crime of gambling, the crime of money laundering, the crime of organizing, leading or actively participating in an underworld-style organization;
2.having ever been deprived of political rights due to crimes;
3.having been forced to give up drug habits because of sucking or injecting addictive drugs; or
4.having ever been subjected to administrative detention due to prostitution or going whoring.

Article 6 Foreign investors may establish Chinese-foreign equity or contractual joint entertainment places together with Chinese investors, other than solely foreign-funded entertainment places.

Article 10 The competent departments of culture shall hold hearings for the examination and approval of entertainment places. And the procedures for hearings shall accord with the Administrative Licensing Law of the People's Republic of China.

Article 11 An entertainment place shall file for record with the local public security organ at the county level within 15 days after obtaining the business license and the relevant approval documents or licenses.

Article 12 Where an entertainment place rebuilds or expands its business place or alters its business place, main facilities and equipment, investors or other matters as stated in the license for entertainment business operation, it shall apply to the original license-issuing organ for reissuing upon verification a license for entertainment business operation and put this on records at the public security organ. If the alteration registration is required, it shall go through the alteration registration at the administrative department for industry and commerce.

Chapter III Business Operation

Article 13 The State promotes and develops the excellent national culture, and prohibits entertainment activities containing the following content at the entertainment places:
1.violating the fundamental principles specified in the Constitution of the People's Republic of China;
2.disserving the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the State;
3.disserving the security, honor or interests of the State;
4.instigating ethnic animosity or ethnic discrimination, damaging national sentiment or aggrieving ethnic customs and habits, or destroying ethnic solidarity;
5.violating religious policies of the State, or instigating heresy or superstition;
6.instigating the obscenity, gambling, violence or drug-related crimes, or abetting others to commit crimes;
7.in violation of social morality or excellent ethnic cultural heritage;
8.insulting or defaming others or infringing on the lawful rights and interests of others; and
9.any other content prohibited by laws or administrative regulations.

Article 14 No entertainment place or any of its staff members may conduct the following activities or provide conditions for the people who enter the entertainment place to conduct the following activities:
1.selling or providing drugs, or organizing, forcing, abetting, tempting, cheating or harboring others to suck or inject drugs;
2.organizing, forcing, tempting, harboring, or introducing others for prostitution or going whoring;
3.manufacturing, selling or disseminating obscene materials;
4.providing accompanies or doing so for profits;
5.gambling;
6.taking part in heresy or superstitious activities; or
7.other illegal activities or crimes.
No staff member of an entertainment place may suck or inject drugs, prostitute oneself or go whoring; no entertainment place or any of its staff members may provide conditions for people who enter the entertainment place to conduct the above-mentioned activities.

Article 15 The singing and dancing entertainment place shall install the monitoring equipment of closed circuit television at the entrances, exits and main passageways of its business places according to the prescriptions of the public security organ under the State Council, and shall ensure that the monitoring equipment of closed circuit television be normally operated and not be interrupted during the business hours.
The singing and dancing entertainment place shall keep the video materials recorded down by the closed circuit television for 30 days for future reference, and shall not delete them or use them for any other purpose.

Article 16 The boxes and compartments of a singing and dancing entertainment place shall not be separated, and shall be installed with transparent doors and windows through which the whole indoor environment can be seen.
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