A Temporary Events Notice (TEN) given under the Licensing Act 2003 allows the sale of alcohol, the provision of late night refreshment or the provision of certain public entertainment from a specified premises in England and Wales.
TENs can be used to authorise relatively small-scale ad hoc events held in or on any premises involving no more than 499 people at any one time.
A Temporary Events Notice (TEN) allows you to hold a licensable activity at a venue that is not currently licensed, or to hold or extend activities your existing licence does not permit.
This would include, for example:
Selling alcohol at a village hall that only holds a premises licence to cover regulated entertainment
Providing regulated entertainment at a pub where the current licence does not permit this
Staying open late to sell hot food on a special occasion (for example, New Years Eve)
Selling alcohol after the hours your normal licence permits, for example, for a special occasion
An amateur dramatics group putting on a play in unlicensed premises
Restrictions that apply to the duration of the TEN:
Restrictions on the number of TENs:
A single premises can have up to 12 notices applied for in 1 year, as long as:
If your event exceeds these restrictions you will need to apply for a Premises Licence, and if that licence permits the sale of alcohol you will also need to nominate a Personal Licence holder as the designated premises supervisor.
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Generally, you will need to serve the notice on both the licensing authority and the police at least 10 clear working days before the day of the event (if it falls on a working day - Bank Holidays, Saturdays and Sundays are not considered as working days for this purpose).
NB: This means that the day of receipt of the notice (by the police and licensing authority) and the day of the event do not count towards the minimum 10 clear working days notice that must be served.
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