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Published on April 28th, 2016 | by Dean Carr


Temporary Event Notices and changes in Law


Important Changes to Temporary Event Notices (TEN’s)

With summer approaching it is important to be aware of recent changes to the licensing Act 2003 for England and Wales. If you are a Hotel Manager, Wedding Event Planner or Event organiser or are involved with any licensed premises or business that uses Temporary Event Notices (TEN’s) it’s is advisable to take a quick look at this article.

Did you know the number of times a TEN may be given for any particular premises has now been increase from 12 events per calendar year to 15 events per calendar year.

The Deregulation Act 2015 has increased this number to 15 with effect from 1 January 2016. However there is still a limitation to the number of total events you can hold which are authorised by TEN’s in relation to individual premises. This limitation is a maximum of 21 days in one a calendar year.

Applications for TEN’s at other unlicensed venues such as, the local village hall or community centre can still be applied for by a personal licence holder up to 50 times in one calendar year.
Other limitations include;

  • The maximum duration of an event authorised by a TEN is 168 hours (seven days).
  • The maximum total duration of the events authorised by TENs in relation to individual premises is 21 days in a calendar year.
  • The maximum number of people attending at any one time is 499

Introduction of Late Temporary Events
Did you also know that LATE TEN’s have been introduced. Late TEN’s are intended to assist premises users who are required for reasons outside their control to, for example, change the venue for an event at short notice. A Late TEN can be given up to five working days but no earlier than nine working days before the event is due to take place.

Key differance between standard and late temporary event notices
There are two types of TEN: a standard TEN and a late TEN. These are subject to different processes: a standard notice is given no later than ten working days before the event to which it relates; and a late notice is given not before nine and not later than five working days before the event.

Another key difference between standard and late TENs is the process following an objection notice from the police or EHA. Where an objection notice is received in relation to a standard TEN the licensing authority must hold a hearing to consider the objection, unless all parties agree that a hearing is unnecessary. If the police, EHA or both give an objection to a late TEN, the notice will not be valid and the event will not go ahead as there is no scope for a hearing or the application of any existing conditions.

Guidance on changes to the 2003 Act
Further guidance on TEN’s can be found under Sub-section 7 of the Revised Guidance issued under section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003. Please visit the link below to view the Government pdf document.…/attac…/file/418114/182-Guidance2015.pdf

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About the Author

Dean Carr

Dean has been involved in alcohol licensing for over 20 years and has helped many independent retailers and corporate clients obtain a licence to sell alcohol or offer late night refreshment, regulated entertainment from all sorts of premises. Dean writes articles for various trade related blogs and is currently Managing Director of the PLT group of companies who run APLH and SCPLH personal alcohol licence courses nationwide. You can contact Dean or a member of his expert licensing team on: 01242 222 188

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