In order to control and supervise the operation of karaoke services

What is it License
Who should apply 90 Cultural and sport activities

Since 25 May 2005, by Directive 18/2005/CT-TTg, the issuance of new Business License for operating bars, karaoke bars and dancing hall has temporarily ceased.
Where to apply

Provincial/municipal Department of Culture and Information in provinces

Validity of the License and application fee


Application conditions and documents

Eligibility of Applicants:

  1. Karaoke parlors must be at least 200 m far from schools, hotels, religious and belief establishments, historical-cultural relics and state administrative agencies;
  2. Karaoke rooms must be 20 m2 large each, excluding the area of the water closet; ensure conditions for fire prevention and fight.
  3. The door of a karaoke room must be made of transparent glass, allowing a full view of the entire room from outside;
  4. Interior door locks or bolts or alarming devices must not be installed in order to cope with inspection activities conducted by competent state agencies;
  5. For karaoke parlors located in residential quarters, written agreement of families living in adjacent houses is required.
  6. Compliance with the local karaoke business planning;
  7. To ensure that the light in the karaoke rooms must be more than 10 lux, equivalent to a 40W incandescent light per 20m2;
  8. To ensure that the volume of sound leaking out of karaoke rooms must not exceed the minimum noise limit prescribed by the State.

Application file: Application for granting permit

The process
  1. If organizations or individuals that meet all conditions wish to deal in karaoke business, they must send applications for business permits to the provincial/municipal Culture and Information Services or authorized district agencies;
  2. Within 10 (ten) working days after the date of receipt of applications, provincial/municipal Culture and Information Services or authorized district agencies shall have to grant business permits; in case of refusal to grant permits, they must reply in writing, stating the reason thereof.
How long it will take to process the application? 10 working days
Inspecting authorities
  • Ministry of Culture and Information
  • Provincial/municipal Department of Culture and Information in provinces
Non-compliance penalty

Penalties range from 1.500.000 VND to 10,000,000 VND. See Article 35 of Government’s Decree No. 31/2001/ND-CP on sanctioning administrative violations in the culture and information domain.

Legal texts regulating this license
Other useful information

Establishments dealing in other services and organizations or individuals, when organizing karaoke activities in public places for non-commercial purposes, shall not have to apply for a permit but must comply with the stipulated regulations.

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