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Temporary Event Notices
If you wish to hold an ad-hoc event in England or Wales on an unlicensed premises or operate outside the terms of your existing Premises Licence, for any of the following:
- Sale or supply of alcohol
- Regulated entertainment
- Provision of hot food or drink between 11pm and 5am
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 an area governed by two or more local authorities, applications must be made to each authority.
You must be 18 years of age or older. Only one TEN application must be sent with the payment to the Licensing Department and we will forward to the Essex Police and the Environmental Health Department at Castle Point Borough Council.
The Police and Environmental Health then have 3 working days to submit an objection to the application.
Applications must be submitted at least 10 working days before the event.
Single premises can be used for licensable activities from 15 day to 21 days in a calendar year. (The number of applications that can be made by premises remains 15 per year).
The number of times a person (the premises user) may give a TEN (50 times per year for a personal licence holder and 5 times per year for non personal licence holders). Included in these numbers a personal licence holder may give 10 late TEN’s and non personal licence holders 2 Late TEN’S). Please bear in mind the limits for each premise.
Late Notices of TEN
A late TEN is one which is given to the authority no later than 5 working days but no earlier than 9 working days before the event.
If a late TEN is given in writing it must be given to the Licensing Authority, Police and Environmental Health no later than 5 working days before the event and no earlier than 9 working days before the event.
If the Police or Environmental Health Dept object to a late TEN, a Counter Notice must be issued without the need for a hearing and there is no right of appeal.
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
Application Evaluation Process
The licensing authority will issue an acknowledgement of the TEN applications.
Environmental Health and Police have the right to object to TEN applications where they consider that the proposed activities will undermine a licensing objective.
There are four licensing objectives under the Licensing Act 2003 which are:
- Prevention of crime and disorder
- Public Safety
- Prevention of public nuisance
- Protection of children from harm
The objection notice must give reasons for the objection and must be given to the licensing authority, other relevant persons and the premises user.
If the Police or Environmental Health objects to a TEN the licensing authority must hold a hearing to consider the objection.
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.
If an objection is made to a TEN the Licensing Authority may impose conditions if it is appropriate to do so, and the conditions are already contained on a premise licence/club premises certificate for the premises, and it would not be inconsistent with carrying out licensable activities under the TEN e.g. extending a condition relating to door supervisors.
Your event must involve no more 499 people at any one time, last no longer than 168 hours and must have a minimum of 24 hours between events.
Will Tacit Consent Apply?
No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it. If you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below.
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.
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.
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.
- National Outdoor Events Association (NDEA)
- Society of Event Organisers (SEO)
- Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA)
Fees and Charges
- Fees and Charges 2022-2023[pdf] 639KB for all applications under the Licensing Act 2003