Temporary Event Notice

Last updated on: 09-Apr-2021

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As part of our shared licensing service, you can now submit a Temporary Event Notice to Gravesham Borough Council or Medway Council using our online form.

You'll need a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) if:

  • You want to hold an ad-hoc or one-off event that will involve a licensable activity, but the location at which the event will take place does not have a Premises Licence or Club Premises Certificate under the Licensing Act 2003.
  • The location where the event will take place has a Premises Licence or Club Premises Certificate, but the timings or activities are outside the terms of that licence.

What does a TEN cover?

A TEN is used to authorise events for the following activities:

  • Sale by retail of alcohol
  • Supply of alcohol by a members club
  • Regulated entertainment (please check the Regulated Entertainment document for a full list of activities that don’t require licensing)
  • Provision of late night refreshment (hot food and drink sold between 11pm to 5am)

A TEN can be given for both indoor and outdoor events. For example, it can cover a town square, part of a park, or a street.

Restrictions against applying for a TEN

Please consult the below Temporary Event Notice limitations:

  • A Temporary Event Notice may only be given by an individual and not, for example, by any organisation or club or business.
  • Applicants must be over 18 to apply.
  • The individual giving the notice is the proposed 'premises user'. Within businesses, clubs or organisations, one individual will therefore need to be identified as the proposed premises user.
  • A Personal Licence holder may give up to 50 temporary event notices (including 10 late notices) in England and Wales in any calendar year.
  • An individual who does not hold a Personal Licence may only give 5 temporary event notices (including 2 late notices) in England and Wales in any calendar year.
  • Only 15 temporary event notices may be given in respect of any particular premises/location in any calendar year.
  • These 15 events may only cover a maximum of 21 days. An event from 5pm to 1am next day would use up two of your 21 days.
  • The maximum number of people that can be present at the event at any one time is 499. This includes all people present, i.e. audience, spectators, consumers, staff, organisers, stewards, performers, etc.
  • Either you or any business associates or colleagues must not have submitted a temporary event notice for the same premises (event location) within 24 hours before or 24 hours after the proposed event.

When do I need to submit my TEN?

If you submit a notice with anywhere between 5 and 9 clear working days’ notice before the first date of your event, this would be known as a late TEN.

If you submit a notice with 10 or more clear working days’ notice before the first date of your event, this would be known as a standard TEN.

The date you submit your notice to the Local Authority and the first date of your event are not included in the count.

Under the Licensing Act 2003 ‘working days’ doesn’t include weekends or bank holidays.

Submit a standard TEN

You'll need to submit your notice at least 10 clear working days before the event (excluding the day the notice is received, and the day of the event).

Use our online form to submit your notice and pay the £21 fee. The form takes about 10 minutes to complete.

We’ll ask you for:

  • Your personal details
  • The premises address (where the event will be held)
  • Details of the event (including dates and times)
  • The licensable activities you intend to carry on at the event
  • Whether you have submitted any temporary event notices in the same calendar year

If your notice is refused you have the right to appeal to the Magistrates' Court within 21 days from the date you were notified of the decision.

Submit a late TEN

A late TEN is when your application is received by the Licensing office between 5 and 9 clear working days before the proposed event (excluding the day the notice is received, and the day of the event).

The application process is the same as a standard Temporary Event Notice, however if any objections are received from the police or environmental protection then the event cannot go ahead under any circumstances.

If your application is refused, you will not be able to appeal the decision.

We recommend that you always submit your application with plenty of time so as to give yourself the best chance for your event proceeding as you have planned.

Use our online form to submit your notice and pay the £21 fee. The form takes about 10 minutes to complete.

We’ll ask you for:

  • Your personal details
  • The premises address (where the event will be held)
  • Details of the event (including dates and times)
  • The licensable activities you intend to carry on at the event
  • Whether you have submitted any temporary event notices in the same calendar year

If your notice is refused you have the right to appeal to the Magistrates' Court within 21 days from the date you were notified of the decision.

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