Temporary Event Notice

Licence summary

If you wish to hold an ad-hoc event in England or Wales , you must give a temporary event notice (TEN) to your local licensing authority.  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.

There are now two notice options available i.e. 'Standard' or 'Late' and strict timescales must be adhered to when submitting a notice.  You must give at least 10 workings days notice before the proposed start of the event when submitting a 'Standard' notice.  A 'Late' notice must only be used between the late period of 9 working days and 5 working days before the start of the proposed event.  TEN's can not be submitted within the 5 day period immediately before the start of an event.

Unless you submit an electronic application you must also give a copy of the notice to Cleveland Police Licensing Unit & HBC Environmental Protection.

The following restrictions apply to TEN's:

  • You must be 18 years or older to give a TEN;
  • The event must accommodate less then 500 people at any one time;
  • The event must not exceed 168 hours;
  • Only 12 notices for any premises per year;
  • A maximum of 21 aggregate days per year for any premises;
  • There must be a minimum of 24 hours between events;
  • Non-personal licence holders may apply for up to a total of 5 TEN's per year (this number may include a maximum of 2 'Late' TEN's;
  • Personal licence holders may apply for up to a total of50 TEN's per year (this number may include a maximum of 10 'Late' TEN's).

Eligibility Criteria

An activity that can be licensed must be carried out as detailed in a notice that must be given.

The notice must be in a specific format and must be made by someone over 18 years of age.

The notice should contain:

  • if alcohol is to be supplied, a statement confirming that it is a condition of using the premises that the supplies are made under the premises user's authority
  • a statement relating to certain matters
  • any other required information

The matters referred to above are:

  • details of the licensable activities
  • the event period
  • the times when during that period the activities will take place
  • the maximum number of people proposed to be allowed on the premises
  • any other required matters

Regulation Summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

Application Evaluation Process

The TEN must be given in writing (including by electronic means) to the local authority at least ten working days (for 'Standard' TEN's) or at least 5 working days (for 'Late' TEN's) before the event. A fee is payable with the notice.

The local authority will acknowledge receipt of the notice by giving a notice to the premises user before the end of the first working day it was received or before the end of the second working day if the day the notice was received is not a working day.

Unless you submit an electronic application you must also give a copy of the notice to Cleveland Police Licensing Unit & HBC Environmental Protection no later than ten working days (for 'Standard' TEN's) or at least 5 working days (for 'Late' TEN's) before the event period.

If the above Officer's believe that the event would undermine the licensing objectives they can serve an objection notice on the licensing authority and the premises user. This notice must be served within 3 working days of receipt of the temporary event notice.

The local licensing authority must hold a hearing if an objection notice is served. They may issue a counter notice if it considers it necessary for the promotion of crime prevention objective. A decision must be made at least 24 hours before the beginning of the event.

A police chief may modify the TEN with the consent of the premises user. In such a case an objection notice will be deemed to have been withdrawn.

Counter notices may be provided by the licensing authority if the number of permitted TENs has been exceeded.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period

Apply online

Apply for a temporary event notice

Downloads

Application Form & Guidance

Failed Application Redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

If a counter notice is given in relation to an objection notice the applicant may appeal against the decision. Appeals must be made to the local Magistrates' court within 21 days. An appeal may not be brought later than five working days from the day of the planned event.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK , Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other Redress

If a licensing authority decides not to issue a counter notice in relation to an objection notice the chief police officer can appeal the decision. Appeals must be made to the local Magistrates' court within 21 days. An appeal may not be brought later than five working days from the day of the planned event.

Trade Associations

National Outdoor Events Association (NDEA)

Society of Event Organisers (SEO)

Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA)

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