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Temporary Event Notices (TEN)

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If you wish to hold an small, ad hoc event in England or Wales you must give a temporary event notice (TEN) to your local licensing authority if the event includes any of these licensable activities:

  • sale by retail of alcohol
  • the provision of regulated entertainment
  • the provision of late night refreshment.

A TEN only applies if less than 500 people will be attending an event which lasts no longer than 168 hours otherwise a premises licence is required.  A TEN is not an application but is a notice that is given by an individual who is then known as the relevant premises user.

The premises user is required to notify the licensing authority, the police and the noise nuisance department of such an event.

Unlike a premises licence there is no requirement to indicate what measures shall be taken to promote the licensing objectives.

A TEN is suitable for all events including outdoor events where licensable activities are required for a short duration or one-off event.

Who can give a TEN?

You must:

  • be over 18 years of age
  • have held no more than 15 TENs in the current calendar year at the premises. If previous temporary events have been held and lasted more than one day, the total number of days for the calendar year must not exceed 21 days
  • have a minimum of 24 hours between events
  • if the person holds a personal licence: have given no more than 50 TENs in the current calendar year
  • if the person does not hold a personal licence: have given no more than 5 TENs in the current calendar year.

Do I need a TEN?

1. Do I need a TEN for music entertainment?

A TEN is not required to stage a performance of live music, or the playing of recorded music if:

  • it takes place between 8am and 11pm, and
  • it takes place at an alcohol on-licensed premises; and
  • the audience is no more than 500 people

You also don’t need a TEN:

  • to put on unamplified live music at any place between the same hours; or
  • to put on amplified live music at a workplace between the same hours and provided the audience is no more than 500 people.

There are exemptions from the need for a TEN for music entertainment including for:

  • places of public worship, village halls, church halls and other similar buildings
  • schools
  • hospitals
  • local authority premises
  • incidental music - music that is incidental to other activities that aren’t classed as regulated entertainment i.e. back ground music at a restaurant played at low levels

2. Do I need a TEN to put on a play or a performance of dance?

Whether a TEN is needed for a performance of a play or a dance will depend on the circumstances. A TEN is not required to stage a performance of a play or a performance of dance if:

  • it takes place between 8AM and 11PM; and
  • the audience is no more than 500 people.

3. Do I need a TEN to stage an indoor sporting event?

A TEN is not required to stage an indoor sporting event if:

  • it takes place between 8AM and 11PM; and
  • the number of spectators is not more than 1000 people.

4. Do I need a TEN to stage boxing or wrestling?

You will need a TEN to stage boxing, wrestling and mixed martial arts.

5. Do I need a TEN to screen a film?

A TEN is needed to screen a film or exhibit moving pictures. There are exemptions from the need for a TEN for film entertainment including for:

  • places of public worship, village halls, church halls and other similar buildings
  • education
  • incidental film – moving pictures that are incidental to other activities that aren’t classed as regulated entertainment
  • television broadcasts

In other circumstances, a TEN may be required to show a film:

  • in public
  • or in private, if those attending are charged for entry and the intention is to make a profit, including raising money for charity.

Licensing of entertainment under the Licensing Act 2003 is entirely separate from copyright authorisation to show films in public.

How to apply

The person giving the TEN must serve the notice within a minimum of 10 clear working days of the event.  Ten working days' notice means ten working days exclusive of the day on which the event is to start, and exclusive of the day on which the notice is given.

The TEN must be given on the prescribed form and contain:

  • 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
  • if alcohol is to be supplied, whether consumption will take place on the premises or off the premises or both
  • any other required matters
  • 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.

The TEN must be accompanied by the non-refundable prescribed fee of £21, Cheques should be made payable to "London Borough of Barnet".  Please ensure you have check the above information to determine if you need to apply for a Temporary Event Notice.

The licensing authority will acknowledge receipt of the notice by giving a notice to the premises user before the end of the first working day it was received or before the end of the second working day if the day the notice was received is not a working day.

A copy of the TEN must also be given to the Metropolitan Police and the London Borough of Barnet Noise Nuisance team.  Their addresses are as follows:

Police
Licensing (@SA)
c/o Colindale Police Station
Graham Park Way NW9 5TW

Noise Nuisance
Barnet House
1255 High Road Whetstone N20 0EJ

Alternatively the TEN can be applied for online.  If you apply online you do not need to send copies of the application to the police and noise team as the licensing authority will do this for you.

What happens next?

Where the police or the noise nuisance team are satisfied that allowing the premises to be used in accordance with the TEN would undermine the licensing objective , they must give an objection notice to the licensing authority and the premises user within 48 hours of being given a copy of the TEN.

The licensing authority must then hold a hearing to consider the objection notice unless the premises user, the police, the nouise nuisance department and the authority agree that a hearing is unnecessary.  At any time before the hearing, the police or the noise team 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.

The decision to issue a counter notice must be taken by the licensing authority at least 24 hours before the beginning of the event period specified in the TEN.

Can I serve a late TEN?

In certain cicumstances a TEN can still be accepted outside of the above timescales.  This is called a late TEN.  These apply to those TENs which are served between 5 and 9 clear working days of the event, not including the day the application is received by the authority or the day the event is due to take place.

A personal licence holder can serve 10 late TENs a year and a non-personal licence holder can only serve 2.

However, should a counter notice be served in relation to a late TEN the notice will be deemed refused with no hearing held.

 

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Contacts

  • Comunity Protection (Regulation) Licensing Team
  • Barnet House, 1255 High Road, Whetstone, London, N20 0EJ
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  • Tel: 020 8359 7443
  • Email: licensingadmin@barnet.gov.uk

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