Temporary Events Notices
If you wish to hold an ad-hoc event in the authorities area, you must give a temporary event notice (TEN) to your local licensing authority.
The notice should be no later than ten working days before the event. If the premises where the event is to be held is in areas governed by two or more local authorities applications must be made to each.
You must also give a copy of the notice to the police no later than ten working days before the event.
The current fee is £21 per event.
Please note that the fee for a temporary events notice submission is non refundable in all circumstances, as the fee is to cover administration costs for processing the notice.
Am I eligible?
You must be 18 years or older to give a TEN and can give a maximum of five TENs per year. If you are a personal licence holder, you can give a maximum of 50 TENs per year.
Your event must involve no more than 499 people at any one time and last no more than 168 hours (7 days) with a minimum of 24 hours between events.
You are not allowed more than 15 such notices at any one premises in a calendar year although they can total 21 days. These limits are subject to the temporary alterations as indicated below.
Temporary Event Notices (TENs) increased for 2022 and 2023 and off-sales relaxation to continue until September 2022(now 31 March 2025)
The Regulations have extended the provisions in the Business and Planning Act 2020 to allow sales of alcohol for consumption off the premises to licensed premises that did not have that permission up until the 30 September 2022.
The Alcohol Licensing (Coronavirus) (Regulatory Easements) (Amendment) Regulations 2023 amend a date in the 2020 Act to extend the period during which premises with an ‘on-sale’ licence may sell alcohol for consumption off the premises further. The new date of the expiry of the temporary scheme is 31 March 2025.
If your premises has previously benefitted from this relaxation over the pandemic, there is nothing new that needs to be done to continue to benefit, beside ensuring the correct notice is still displayed in a prominent position outlining your reliance on this relaxation.
In addition to the above, the Regulations have amended the limits prescribed by the Licensing Act to increase the allowance for temporary event notices from 15 to 20 and increase the maximum number of days on which temporary events may be held from 21 to 26. This increase only applies in the years 2022 and 2023.
The notice must contain the dates and times of the event, the type of event, location and numbers of people attending, as well as the activities applied for, for example the sale of alcohol or regulated entertainment.
If you would like to find out more, please read The Licensing Act 2003.
How will my application be evaluated?
The application must be served on the local authority at least ten working days prior to the event with the fee.
The authority will acknowledge receipt of the notice. Unless the application is made electronically the notice giver must also serve a copy of the police at least ten working days prior to the event.
Please note: All online notifications are made via the Idox Digital Services applications and notifications portal and statutory payment will be required at the end of the notification process. Follow the link above and follow the onscreen instructions.
What happens next?
The Police and Environmental Health service can object to the notice if they believe the event would undermine any of the licensing objectives, and they must serve a notice on the licensing authority within 3 working days.
The licensing authority must then hold a hearing prior to the event. Conditions present on current licences may be attached to a temporary events notice by the licensing authority if an objection is received.
The licensing authority may give a counter notice if the number of events exceeds the number permitted.
What if my application is refused?
If a counter notice is given in relation to an objection notice the applicant may appeal against the decision to the local Magistrates Court within 21 days of the decision being made. An appeal may not be brought later than five working days from the day of the planned event.
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first point of contact should be made with the service provider (The Council). If this has not worked and you are located in the UK then contact Consumer Direct or if outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.
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