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Temporary Event Notices

Coronavirus advice

When applying for a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) to allow the sale of alcohol, you need to be aware that:

Consumption of alcohol on the premises: alcohol can only be sold as part of a table meal, ordered from and served at a table. The meal is such as might be expected to be served as breakfast, the main midday or main evening meal, or as a main course at such a meal.

Consumption of alcohol off the premises: provided that the alcohol is not consumed, in whole or in part, on the premises the sale does not have to accompany a table meal or be ordered from a table.

It is primarily the named TEN holder (but potentially any person involved in the management of the event) that is responsible for ensuring compliance with these requirements. Failure to comply would be a criminal offence.

For the purposes of these regulations, the premises is the entire area named within the TEN, including any other area adjacent to the premises where seating is made available for customers of that business (whether or not by the business) or which customers habitually use for consumption of food or drink served by the business.

You can discuss specific details about your event with us to ensure you get the most appropriate advice. Email licensing@north-herts.gov.uk with details of your event for further advice.


When you need to apply for a Temporary Events Notice

You will need to apply for a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) if you want to carry out a ‘licensable activity’ on unlicensed premises in England or Wales, or if you want to extend the hours currently permitted on your premises licence a particular licensable activity.

Licensable activity includes:

  • selling alcohol
  • serving alcohol to members of a private club
  • providing entertainment, such as music, dancing or indoor sporting events
  • serving hot food or drink between 11pm and 5am

A TEN can only be applied for if:

  • there are fewer than 500 people at all times – including staff running the event
  • the event last no more than 168 hours (7 days)
  • you are at least 18 to apply for a TEN

Restrictions

  • the number of times a premises user may give a TEN is 50 times in a calendar year for a personal licence holder and five times in a calendar year for other people
  • the number of times a premises user may give a late TEN is limited to 10 times in a calendar year for a personal licence holder and twice for other people
  • Late TENs count towards the total number of permitted TENs (i.e. the limit of five TENs a year for non-personal licence holders and 50 TENs for personal licence holders)
  • a notice that is given less than ten working days before the event to which it relates, when the premises user has already given the permitted number of late TENs in that calendar year, will be returned as void and the activities described in it will not be authorised
  • the number of times a TEN may be given for any particular premises is 15 times in a calendar year
  • 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
  • the minimum period between events authorised under separate TENs in relation to the same premises (not including withdrawn TENs) by the same premises user is 24 hours
  • a TEN application must be submitted to the local authority no later than 10 working days before the event, excluding the day of application and day of the event
  • a late TEN must be submitted to the local authority no later than 5 working days before the event, excluding the day of application and day of the event

You must apply to the local authority for the area in which your event will take place. If you apply to the wrong local authority then the application will be void and non-refundable.

To serve a Temporary Events Notices you will need to submit the following:

  • a completed Temporary Events Notices application form
  • the correct fee, which is currently £21

If you submit your application electronically then the licensing authority will serve the application on the relevant responsible authorities.

You can submit your application online:

Apply for a Temporary Events Notice

You can also email the downloadable application form below to licensing@north-herts.gov.uk

Please do not email the PDF form available on the GOV.UK website, it is designed to only work through the online portal.

If you submit your application by post then you must also send a copy of the application to Hertfordshire Constabulary and North Hertfordshire District Council's Environmental Protection team:

Licensing Team: North Hertfordshire District Council, PO Box 10613, Nottingham, NG6 6DW

Licensing Officer: Licensing Dept, Hitchin Police Station, College Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 1JX

Environmental Protection Team: North Hertfordshire District Council, PO Box 10613, Nottingham, NG6 6DW

Refunds

The application fee for a temporary events notice is non-refundable in all circumstances, as the fee is to cover administration costs for processing the application.