Temporary Event Notice

Licence summary

Please note:There have been changes to the application form for a Temporary Event Notification from 1 October 2014.

Persons giving Temporary Event Notices will be required to declare if the licensable activities at their event will include 'relevant entertainment'. Relevant entertainment is certain types of adult entertainment including lap dancing and pole dancing.

If you wish to hold an ad-hoc event in England or Wales, you must give a temporary event notice (TEN) to your local licensing authority; a copy of the notice must also be served on the Police and the Environmental Protection service, if you choose to apply online, the Licensing service send a copy of the notice to these authorities on your behalf.

TEN's may only be given by an individual who is 18 years old or over. Your event must involve no more than 499 people at any one time and last no more than 168 hours. For clarification purposes, 499 persons include everyone present e.g. the organisers, staff, volunteers, any performers and members of the public.

There must be a minimum of 24 hours between events.

When completing a TEN, the notice-giver must check to see whether the premises is already subject to a premises licence before submission; to make a false statement either intentionally or by omission is an offence.

Standard TEN's -  These must be given no later than ten working days before the event, please note this does not include the day of receipt or the day of the event, weekends or public holidays. Personal Licence holders may give up to 50 TEN's in a calendar year, non personal licence holders may give up to 5 TEN's in a calendar year.

Late TEN's - May be given no earlier than 9 and no later than 5, working days before the event, please note this does not include the day of receipt or the day of the event, weekends or public holidays.  Personal Licence holders may give up to 10 late TEN's in a calendar year, non personal licence holders may give up to 2 late TEN's in a calendar year. Late TEN's are included in the 50 notices permitted by personal licence holders, and the 5 Notices permitted by non personal licence holders in any one calendar year.

Eligibility criteria

Any licensable activities must be carried out as detailed in the notice as 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 matters (detailed below)
  • 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

PLEASE NOTE -  The number of TEN's that can be given per person in a calendar year, are for the whole of England and Wales, not per Council area.

Regulation summary

The statutory instrument for this notification
The Licensing Act 2003- Temporary Event Notice
The Licensing Act 2003 (Permitted Temporary Activities) ( Amendment) Regulatory 2012
Police and Social Responsibility Act 2011

Application evaluation process

A non-refundable fee of £21.00 is payable with the notice. We will acknowledge receipt of the TEN.

For both the online and hard copy methods of notification of a TEN, if the Chief Officer of Police and Environmental Protection service believe that the event would undermine crime prevention objectives they can serve an objection notice on the licensing authority and the premises user. This notice must be given before the end of the third working day following the day on which they are given a copy of the TEN.

We must hold a hearing (where a standard TEN has been submitted) if an objection notice is served. We may issue a counter notice if we consider it necessary for the promotion of the licensing objectives. A decision must be made at least 24 hours before the beginning of the event.

The Police and the Environmental Protection service 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.

If either the Police or the Environmental Protection service object to a late TEN, the TEN will be refused, there is NO appeal process and the event cannot take place.

Counter notices may be provided by the licensing authority if the number of permitted TENs has been exceeded.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your notification is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period of 7 days. 

If you are submitting this application by post tacit consent will only apply when the business can show proof of delivery from the Post Office or recognised courier.  You are also strongly advised to obtain proof of delivery of the copy sent to the Police and the Environmental Protection service.

Timescales for processing an application do not start until all the necessary information has been received in full.

How to apply

You can apply online.  The online process now includes a check on the event date before you can complete the application.

A copy of the notice must also be served on the Police and the Environmental Protection service, if you choose to apply online, the Licensing service send a copy of the notice to these authorities on your behalf.

Temporary Event Notice

Problems with the online T.E.N.

If we have not been able to process your notice or payment, please check the details you have given carefully for errors. Please also try the following:

  • Make sure that you have applied the latest updates to the system and web browser being used.
  • Try installing a different web browser, whilst most popular browsers have been tested with our website, there may be some that might not be compatible. Google Chrome has been found to be reliable and is freely available for most popular platforms such as Microsoft Windows, Apple iOS and Android.

If you need further assistance, please contact us

Alternatively you can apply by completing a Temporary Event Notice application and sending it to:

Licensing Team
Brympton Way
Yeovil
Somerset BA20 2HT

Please ensure you also send copies to:

Liquor Licensing
PO Box 3259
Bristol
BS2 2EJ

 The Environmental Protection service
South Somerset District Council,
The Council Offices,
Brympton Way,
Yeovil,
Somerset BA20 2HT

If you wish to withdraw your TEN, please complete the Withdrawal of a temporary Event Notice form. This fee is non refundable.

You are also strongly advised to check with the Police and the Environmental Protection service that they have received their copies of the notice by telephoning 
Police - 01179455154 or email: liquorlicensing@avonandsomerset.police.uk
Environmental Protection - 01935 462462 or email pollution.control@southsomerset.gov.uk

If the premises where the event is to be held is in areas governed by two or more local authorities, notices must be given to each local authority. If the event to be held straddles two or more areas a copy of the notice must also be given to each Police and Environmental Protection service for each authority.

Failed application redress

In the first instance, please contact our licensing team.

If a counter notice is given in relation to an objection notice concerning a standard TEN, 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 before the day of the planned event.

The Magistrates Court
Petters Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 1SW

Telephone: 01935 426281

There is no appeal against refusal of a late TEN

Licence holder redress

In the first instance please contact:

The Licensing Manager
Licensing Service
South Somerset District Council
The Council Offices
Brympton Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 2HT

Contact Licensing online

Other Redress

Standard TEN's- If a licensing authority decides not to issue a counter notice in relation to an objection notice the Police and the Environmental Protection service 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 before the day of the planned event.

The Magistrates Court
Petters Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 1SW

Telephone: 01935 426281

There is NO redress for a LATE TEN

Trade associations

National Outdoor Events Association
Society of Event Organisers
Event Supplier and Services Association

Guidance for Organisers of Under 18's Events

This guidance booklet has been compiled by the multi-agency project group Zero to assist organisers of under 18's events to provide an event for young people that is within the law, safe and enjoyable for all.

Zero Guidance

Public register

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