Temporary Event Notice

If you wish to hold an ad-hoc event in England or Wales, you may be required to give a temporary event notice (TEN) to your local licensing authority no later than ten clear working days before the event or no later than five clear working days in respect of a late notice. If the premises where the event is to be held is in areas governed by two or more local authorities applications must be made to each. No premises may be used more than 15 times or more than 21 days per calendar year.

Unless you submit an electronic application you must also give a copy of the notice to the police and the environmental health service no later than ten clear working days before the event or no later than five clear working days in respect of a late notice.

You must be 18 years or older to give a TEN and can give a maximum of five TENs per year (including 2 late notices). If you are a personal licence holder, you can give a maximum of 50 TENs per year (including 10 late notices).

Your event must involve no more than 499 people at any one time and last no more than 168 hours (7 days) with a minimum of 24 hours between events.

Am I eligible to apply?

An activity that can be licensed must be carried out as detailed in a notice that must be given.

The notice must be in a specific format and must be made by someone over 18 years of age.

The notice should contain:

  • 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
  • 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
  • any other required matters

Summary of the regulations

How we evaluate your application

The TEN must be given in writing (including by electronic means) to Bradford Council at least ten clear working days before the event or five clear working days in respect of a late notice. A fee is payable with the notice.

Bradford Council will acknowledge receipt of the notice.

Unless an application has been submitted electronically, the premises user must also give notice to the chief officer of the local police department and the environmental health service no later than ten clear working days before the event period or no later than five clear working days in respect of a late notice.

The chief police officer or environmental health officer who receives a notice and believes that the event would undermine the licensing objectives can agree a modification of the arrangements or serve an objection notice on the licensing authority and the premises user. This notice must be served within 3 working days of receipt of the temporary event notice.

The local licensing authority must hold a hearing if an objection notice is served, with the exception of a late notice in which case a counter notice will be served by the Licensing Team. The Panel is comprised of elected Members of the Council. They will listen to evidence from the premises user, the police and environmental health before making their decision.  The Panel may decide to issue a Counter Notice prohibiting the event from going ahead if it is considered necessary for the promotion of the licensing objectives, decide to impose conditions or decide the Council has no objections. A decision must be made at least 24 hours before the beginning of the event.

Counter notices may be provided by the licensing authority if the number of permitted TENs has been exceeded.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from Bradford Council by the end of the target completion period.

How to apply

Visit the gov.uk link below to download and complete the application form. When you are on the gov.uk page, you need to follow the instructions to download the application form.

You'll need a debit or credit card to pay the fee.

What to do if we refuse your application

Please contact Bradford Council in the first instance.

If a counter notice is given in relation to an objection notice the applicant may appeal against the decision. Appeals must be made to the local Magistrates' court within 21 days. An appeal may not be brought later than five working days from the day of the planned event.

The Licensing Act 2003 does not make provision for the applicant to appeal against a counter notice which has been issued in respect of a late TEN.

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