Temporary Events Alcohol Licensing
Our Temporary Event Notice (TEN) Solicitors will make the process of getting a TEN for your event a fast, simple process, so you can focus on making sure everything runs smoothly on the day.
Managing any event is incredibly stressful, and ensuring all your applications have been put in correctly and in good time is just one more thing to worry about. Our licensing solicitors specialise in securing Temporary Event Notices, making securing one a simple task.
What is a Temporary Event Notice?
A Temporary Event Notice is a license which enables you to hold one-off licensable events at unlicensed premises in England and Wales. Licensable activity at an event includes:
- Selling alcohol
- Serving alcohol to members of a private club
- Providing entertainment such as music, dancing or indoor sporting events
- Serving hot food or drink between 11pm and 5am.
It’s not just operators of unlicensed premises who need to be aware of the regulations surrounding TENs, however. Premises which currently have a license may need to apply for a TEN if activities at the event are not covered by their existing license. Failure to do this can lead to severe consequences, making checking a vital part of organising any event, even if you do think you’re fine.
How do you apply for a Temporary Event Notice?
Applying for a TEN is started by filling out an initial application form to be served on the relevant Licensing Authority, Police and Environmental Health. In total, this form is nine and a half pages long, with five pages of questions accompanied by four and half pages of guidance notes.
Following submissions of the relevant forms, Police and Environmental Health have three working days to object. In the case of objections, discussions can be had to come to an agreement. If discussions fail, a hearing must take place more than 24 hours prior to the event.
In a worst-case scenario, your request for a license could be denied with no time to object, leaving your event unable to go ahead.
Typically, applications must be complete at least 10 clear working days before the event, although our team of licensing solicitors can help you apply for a Late Temporary Event Notice with just five to nine working days’ notice.
What are the limitations of a Temporary Event Notice?
The period of any event held under a Temporary Event Notice can last no longer than seven days from the start of the event. Events must also have no more than 499 people, including staff and performers, present at one time.
A single premises is able to host a maximum of 15 events over the course of the year, though the total length of the events cannot exceed 21 days, meaning three week-long events in the same location restricts its use as a temporary event host for the rest of the year. Alongside this, there must be a 24-hour gap between any events you organise.
Individuals are able to apply for up to five TENs each year, though if you already have a personal license to sell alcohol you can be given up to 50 TENs each year.
If you want to spend more time focusing on making your event a success and less worrying about paperwork, contact our team of licensing solicitors today. We will help you secure a Temporary Event Notice quickly, efficiently and effectively.
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