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Temporary Events Notices frequently asked questions

Do I need a temporary event notice?

If you are not currently in possession of a premises licence or a club premises certificate and you plan to hold a temporary event that includes licensable activities, is less than 168 hours and there will be less than 500 attendees, you will need to apply for a temporary event notice.

If you are in possession of a premises licence or a club premises certificate and you want to hold an event that is not covered by your licence/certificate you will need to apply for a temporary event notice.

What do I do if my event will have more than 499 attendees?

You will need to apply for either a premises licence or a club premises certificate. You can find further information on our pages licensing Act 2003 - Personal or Licensing Act 2003 - premises.

What do I do if my event is to last longer than 168 hours?

You will need to apply for either a premises licence or a club premises certificate.

Do I need to be a personal licence holder to apply for a temporary event notice?

No - even if one of your activities is the sale of alcohol, you can apply for five temporary event notices in a calendar year.  However, a personal licence holder can apply for 50 temporary event notices a year.

How many times a year can I hold temporary events on the same premises?

No premises will be granted a temporary event notice more than 15 times per calendar year or for more than 21 days per year. There must be at least 24 hours between each event.

Can I apply for more than one temporary event at a time?

Yes - but you must use separate application forms for each event and provide at least ten working days notice (excluding the day the notice is served and the date of the event).

Who can object to my temporary event notice?

Once the police and Environmental Health are in receipt of your correctly made application they have 3 working days in which they are entitled to make representation to your notice. Representations must be based on the licensing objectives.

What happens if my notice receives a representation / objection?

If there is an objection, a hearing of the licensing committee must be held no later than 24 hours before the event, unless all parties agree that a formal hearing is unnecessary. The committee can approve the notice, add conditions to the notice or reject the notice

Do I have to display the temporary event notice?

No - you can either prominently display the notice or ensure that it is with the person who has applied for the notice during the event.

What do I do if my notice is lost or stolen?

You must inform your issuing licensing authority in writing as soon as possible. You must also include the statutory fee of £10.50 for a copy of your temporary event notice. You cannot apply for a copy if a month has passed since the end of the event

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