This series brings together all documents relating to Alcohol licensing: temporary event notices
If you’re organising a temporary event and want to serve or sell alcohol, provide late-night refreshment, or put on regulated entertainment, you’ll need to complete a temporary event notice.
A TEN is a form that you provide to the local council, the police and environmental health, letting them know about the planned event.
There are 2 types of TENs:
- a standard TEN, which is given no later than 10 working days before the event to which it relates
- a late TEN, which is given not before 9 and not later than 5 working days before the event
What qualifies for a TEN?
For the purpose of a TEN, a temporary event is a relatively small-scale event attracting fewer than 500 people.
The event must last no more than 168 hours and can be held either outdoors or indoors.
Any premises can only be used for 12 temporary events per year, up to a total maximum of 21 days.
You must be aged over 18 in order to hold a temporary event.
If you have a personal licence, you can give 50 TENs (made up of standard and late TENs) a year. If you don’t have a personal licence you can only give 5 (made up of standard and late TENs).
If you have a personal licence, you can give 10 late TENs a year. If you don’t have a personal licence you can only give 2 late TENs.
There must be at least 24 hours between temporary events organised by the same person or an associate in relation to the same premises.
Once the police or environmental health receive your TEN, they have 3 working days to make any objections to it on the grounds of any of the 4 licensing objectives:
- prevention of crime and disorder
- prevention of public nuisance
- public safety
- protection of children from harm
If they object, the council will organise a hearing to consider the evidence and may decide that your event cannot proceed. If there is an objection to a late TEN, the event will not be allowed to proceed. Otherwise, the event can go ahead as planned.
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