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Temporary Events Notice

Temporary Event Notice

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Licence summary

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 (TEN). 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 two 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.

You must be over 18 in order to hold a temporary event.

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.

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.

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 eligibility criteria for this licence

Application Evaluation Process

The TEN must be given in writing to the local authority Licensing Department, Environmental Health Department, and Sittingbourne Police Licensing Officer. Once the police or environmental health receive your TEN, they have three working days to make any objections to it on the grounds of any of the four 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.

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.

Swale Borough Council - Licensing Services
Call: 01795 417364
Email:
licensing@swale.gov.uk

Apply Online

Apply for a temporary event notice (you will need to select the 'Apply for Licences' option).

Failed Application Redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance:

Swale Borough Council - Licensing Services
Call: 01795 417364
Email:
licensing@swale.gov.uk

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:

Swale Borough Council - Licensing Services
Call: 01795 417364
Email:
licensing@swale.gov.uk

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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