Temporary Event Notice

 

A Temporary Event Notice (TEN) is an authorisation issued by a person wishing to hold an event to the Licensing Authority when no other permission exists. When completed in the correct form and submitted in accordance with conditions, it gives permission for temporary licensable activities to take place on a specified date and time.

Licensable activities requiring permission are:

  • The sale by retail of alcohol;
  • The supply of alcohol by or on behalf of a club to, or to the order of, a member of the club;
  • The provision of regulated entertainment; and
  • The provision of late night refreshment.
     

Regulated entertainment

(a) a performance of a play
(b) an exhibition of a film
(c) an indoor sporting event
(d) a boxing or wrestling entertainment
(e) a performance of live music (more information available at gov.uk)
(f) any playing of recorded music (more information available at gov.uk)
(g) a performance of dance
(h) entertainment of a similar description to that falling within (e), (f) or (g).

You are required to submit a TEN for adult entertainment. 

If you are uncertain if your event has activities that would be deemed licensable, please contact the licensing team for advice at licensing@arun.gov.uk.

To submit a standard notice, a notification requires a minimum of 10 clear working days notice before the day on which the event period begins (the day of your event and day of service do not count as clear days) and must be accompanied by the prescribed fee (£21). A copy of the notice must be submitted to Environmental Health and the Police as well as the Licensing Authority within the specified time. This will be done automatically if the application is submitted online. If a notice is received by the Licensing Authority or either Responsible Authority less than 10 clear working days ahead of the event then it will have to be considered as a late notice.

A late notice may be submitted to the Licensing Authority (Arun District Council) between nine and five clear working days ahead of the event period (the day of your event and day of service do not count as clear days)  accompanied by the prescribed fee of £21. A copy of the notice must be submitted to Environmental Health and the Police as well as the Licensing Authority within the specified time. If either the Licensing Authority or either Responsible Authority receive a notice less than five clear working days ahead of the event, your event will not have the correct authorisation.

If you submit a notice in paper format, you will need to keep a copy. You are required to have this with you in the premises for the duration of the event and will need to keep it with the acknowledgement we will provide you with.

The Licensing Authority will either provide an acknowledgment that the above information has been received, or provide a counter notice in consideration of any Environmental Health and/or police objection. If any of the limits below are breached or if a counter notice has been issued, any licensable activities taking place would be unauthorised and the premises user would be liable to prosecution.

Environmental Health and the Police have three working days to object to a TEN. They may do this on the grounds that the proposed licensable activity may have an adverse impact on one or more of the four licensing objectives:

  • Public safety
  • The prevention of crime and disorder
  • The protection of children from harm
  • Public nuisance

The licensing authority will contact the Notice giver if an objection is received. If it is a standard Notice, the objection may be referred to a committee for consideration. If the Notice is a Late Notice, a counter notice will be served. This means the licensable activity may not go ahead.

The maximum penalty for conducting licensable activity without authorisation is six months imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.

 

Permitted maximums

  • Any person may not give more than 5 standard Temporary Event Notices in any year and 2 late notices. However, if you have used your permitted allocation of either type of notice, then no more notices can be accepted from you.
  • Any personal licence holder may not give more than 50 standard Temporary Event Notices in any year plus 10 late notices. However, if you have used your permitted allocation of either type of notice, then no more notices can be accepted from you.
  • Any premises may not host more than 15 Temporary Event Notices in any year.
  • The maximum number of days per year that Temporary Event Notices may apply to a particular premises is 21
  • The maximum duration of any one event is 168 hours (7 days)
  • A TEN can be used for up to 499 persons. This includes all staff and performers
     

If the situation does not fit the above limitations, it is likely that a premises licence should be sought and with that potentially a personal licence.

To make a notification of a temporary event, please use this online form.

Please note, we are unable to accept cash payments to accompany forms. Any cash payments can however be taken at a shop with the paypoint facility and the form can then be submitted to the Council with a receipt.

For more information regarding the Licensing Act 2003 please contact the Arun District Council licensing team on 01903 737755, write to the address at the bottom of this page, or email licensing@arun.gov.uk.