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Licence - Temporary Event Notice

A licence for short term alcohol and public entertainment licensing.

Under the Licensing Act 2003, Temporary Event Notices (TENs) replaced occasional licences and occasional permissions which were previously granted under the Licensing Act 1965 and relate to short term alcohol and public entertainment licensing.

TENs can be used to authorise relatively small-scale ad hoc events held in or on any premises and involving no more than 499 people at any one time.

Anyone over the age of 18 can apply for a TEN.

The following conditions apply to all TENs:

  • Applicants who do not hold a personal licence are limited to 5 events per calendar year. 
  • Personal licence holders are limited to 50 events per calendar year.
  • Each event covered by a TEN can last up to 168 hours
  • No more than 15 TENs can be given in respect of any particular premises in any calendar year.
  • The total time covered by all TENs added together for an individual premises must not exceed 21 days in a calendar year.
  • There must be a minimum of 24 hours between the end of one event and the beginning of another in any premises.

Provided that these criteria are met, only Essex Police or Environmental Health Services can object to an event covered by a TEN notice. The objection must be based on one or more of the four licensing objectives. Should an objection be received, appropriate conditions can be applied to the notice. If the applicant does not agree with the imposing of the conditions a hearing will be held to consider the application.

In the case of a late notice, if any objections are received, the Licensing Authority will issue a counter notice and the licensable activity requested will not be able to take place. There is no appeal to the issue of a counter notice.

Applying for a Temporary Event Notice

Standard Temporary Event Notice

You must submit your notice to the Licensing Authority at least 10 working days (not including the day of receipt or the day of the event) prior to the starting date of the event. Copies of the notice must also be sent to the relevant Chief of Police and to the Environmental Health Services.

Late Temporary Event Notices

You must submit your notice to the Licensing Authority at least 5 working days (not including the day of receipt or the day of the event) prior to the starting date of the event. Copies of the notice must also be sent to the relevant Chief of Police and to the Environmental Health Services.

NB. For late TENs applications there is no appeal against the issue of a counter notice.

Both types of application must state:

  • Where the supply of alcohol is involved, whether the supplies will be for consumption on or off the premises, or both.
  • Where the supply of alcohol is involved, the condition that all such supplies are made by, or under the authority of, the premises user.

You can apply and pay for a Temporary Event Notice online, through the Business Link website, by selecting the link below:

Alternatively, you can download a notice (see Related Downloads) which can be printed, completed and returned to us at the address above.

Please see pdf icon Sec 100 - Temporary Event Notice [182kb]  for information regarding the current fee for a Temporary Event Notice.

Online applications will be acknowledged by email. Provided your application is correctly made, we will aim to process it within 5 working days. If this is not possible, we will inform you and provide an explanation as to the reason.

If your application is refused and you wish to appeal please contact us in the first instance. If a counter notice is issued 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.

Tacit consent applies to this application. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not received a response before the end of the target completion period.

If you require any further information, wish to view the public register or have a complaint about this process please contact us.

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