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Combative Sports Entertainment Permit

What is Combative Sports Entertainment?

Combative Sports Entertainment means a display of skill for the purpose of entertaining an audience, consisting of choreographed or simulated combat in which the participants employ techniques commonly used in combative sports. The participants do not exert their best effort, and the winner is determined prior to the match (28 Del. C. §102 (6)).

As defined above, Combative Sports Entertainment:

  • includes, but is not limited to, “celebrity boxing,” “entertainment boxing” and all such similar terms or names
  • does not include amateur or professional boxing nor amateur or professional mixed martial arts.

When to Apply

  • You may apply after you have obtained business license from the Division of Revenue.
  • You must obtain your Combative Sports Entertainment Permit for a specific combative sports entertainment event before advertising, holding, conducting, or exhibiting the event.
  • You must submit your application in DELPROS at least 15 full working days before the event.
  • A Permit is valid only for the single event for which it was issued.

Advertising the Event

All advertisements for an event must prominently display the event’s Permit number. If the advertisement is not in writing (e.g., a radio spot), the Permit number must be verbally announced in the advertisement. See 28 Del. C. §106 (a).

Information on How to Apply for a License in DELPROS

Applications are processed in DELPROS (Delaware Professional Regulation Online Services). The online license application process is simple and provides you with clear instructions throughout each stage of the application process. We strongly recommend that you understand what the requirements are for the license you are pursuing. Then, request and gather the documents you need before you begin the application process. Most of the information and forms are on this website. For further clarification of requirements, refer to your profession’s License Law and the Rules and Regulations.

In order to apply for a license or service request, you must have a DELPROS account. To create a new account or log into an existing DELPROS account, follow the instructions at the beginning of the application process. As part of the final steps of the application process, DELPROS instructs you to either “attach” or “upload” the required documents directly to your application and/or to “acknowledge” that you will either send them in yourself or make arrangements for “third-party” documents/forms to be sent to the Board office. Examples of “third-party forms” are transcripts from schools, employment verifications from a supervisor, and license verifications from another state. Official license verifications and/or transcripts are acceptable when received electronically directly from the State Board or school/institution. Note that forms requiring a signature, seal, or notary must be MAILED to the Board office directly UNLESS the document specifically indicates to UPLOAD the document. All documents received by mail are scanned and attached to the appropriate license records.

In DELPROS, you have the ability to save your application and return to it to edit/update information or upload documents for up to six months. However, if you do not submit your application within six months, you will have to restart your online application process. The Board office begins processing applications shortly after submission in the portal. You may check the status of your application in the DELPROS system throughout the whole process and we will correspond with you by email. The requirements for this license type are provided in the following section(s).

Requirements for a Permit

In addition to submitting the application, fee and supporting documentation in DELPROS, you must submit:

  • A copy of your Delaware Business license issued from the Division of Revenue.
  • A Combative Sports Contestant Information form, which is a list of all contestants and alternates. Any contestant or alternate not identified on the application is not approved to participate. Contestants must be at least 18 years old.
  • A Combative Sports Match Description form, which gives additional information about the matches, with your application or at least seven days before the event.
  • A Combative Sports Safety and Security form, that gives information about the safety and security services you have set up, with your application or at least seven days before the event.

Other Responsibilities

  • In the application, along with the event information, you will have to describe the safety equipment and props that contests will utilize and the measurements and construction of the ring area.
  • You must ensure that any physician employed to cover the event holds a current Delaware medical license (28 Del. C. §105 (a)(2)). To confirm licensure, see Search & Verify a Professional License.
  • You must ensure that the promoter hires at least two emergency medical technicians and an ambulance. This will be confirmed on the signed security form required above. (28 Del. C. §106A (a)).
  • The promoter must ensure that there is adequate security personnel to maintain order and provide safety during and after the event (28 Del. C. §106A (a)).


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