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Temporary event notice

If you wish to hold an ad-hoc event in South Kesteven, you must give a temporary event notice (TEN) to your local licensing authority no later than ten working days before the event.

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. There is also a system of Late Temporary Event Notices which is covered in the document entitled Guidance to Applicants.

Unless you submit an electronic application you must also give a copy of the notice to the police and Environmental Protection Services no later than ten working days before the event unless you submit a "Late Temporary Event Notice" - see below.

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

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

Eligibility Criteria

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:

The matters referred to above are:

Application Evaluation Process

The TEN must be given in writing (including by electronic means) to the local authority at least ten working days before the event. The ten working days do not include the date of the receipt of application or the date of the event.  A fee is payable with the notice.

The local authority will acknowledge receipt of the notice by signing and returning a copy of the 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.

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 Protection Team at the Council no later than ten working days before the event period.

The chief police officer and Environmental Protection Team who receives a notice and believes that the event would undermine any of the four licensing objectives can serve an objection notice on the licensing authority and the premises user. This notice must be served within three working days of receipt of the temporary event notice.

There are four licensing objectives and these are:

The local licensing authority must hold a hearing if an objection notice is served. They may issue a counter notice if it considers it necessary for the promotion of crime prevention objective. A decision must be made at least 24 hours before the beginning of the event.

A police chief 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.

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

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Failed Application Redress

Please contact your Local Authority 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 Magistrates' Court, Harlaxton Road, Grantham NG31 7SA within 21 days. An appeal may not be brought later than five working days from the day of the planned event.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Citizens Advice will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other Redress

If a licensing authority decides not to issue a counter notice in relation to an objection notice the chief police officer can appeal the decision. Appeals must be made to theMagistrates' Court, Harlaxton Road, Grantham NG31 7SA within 21 days. An appeal may not be brought later than five working days from the day of the planned event.

Late Temporary Event Notice

From the 25th of April 2012 you can apply for a late temporary event notice which can be applied for between 5 and 9 working days before the first day of the event, this system has certain limitations and should an objection be received from the police or environmental protection a counter notice will be issued preventing the event going ahead, there is no right of appeal against this decision.

The fee for all temporary event notices is non refundable even if the event does not go ahead.

Related documents

Size Name
[431kb] Guidance to Applicants - revised October 2012 Guidance to Applicants - revised October 2012
[316kb] Temporary Event Notice Application Form Application for a temporary event notice

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