Temporary Event Notice

You will need a licence if you wish to serve or sell alcohol, provide late-night refreshment, or put on regulated entertainment for a temporary event.

IN THIS ARTICLE

  • Do I need a Temporary Event Notice?
  • How much does it cost to apply?
  • How long will my Notice take?
  • Do I need to tell anyone else about the licensed event?

Do I need a Temporary Event Notice?

You will need this Notice if you intend to carry out one of these activities.

  • the sale or supply of alcohol
  • regulated entertainment such as music, singing or dancing, and
  • provision of late night refreshment such as hot food or drink between the hours of 11pm and 5am

You will also need this Notice if you wish to operate outside the terms of your existing premises licence or club premises certificate.

What are the criteria for a Temporary Event Notice?

  • You must be 18 years or older.
  • A personal licence holder may submit up to 50 temporary event notices in any calendar year.  Only 10 of these notices may be late temporary event notices.
  • A non-personal licence holder may apply for a maximum of five temporary events in any calendar year, two of which may be late temporary event notices.

Your events:

  • Your premises can hold up to 15 temporary events in any given calendar year.
  • Any one event may not last more than one week (168 hours)
  • There must be a minimum period of 24 hours between two separate events.
  • There is a maximum of 21 days combined total for all events in a year.
  • The maximum capacity for a temporary events notice is 499 people (including staff) at any one given time.  For example 1,000 people can attend over the period of the event although numbers would have to be controlled to ensure that there were no more than 499 people at any given time.
  • For an ordinary TEN please give at least 10 clear working days’ notice (not including the day of your application and the day of the event). If you are submitting a late TEN it must be submitted with at least 5 clear working days between the event (not including the day of your application and the day of the event).

Find out more about TEN legislation.

How much does it cost to apply?

A Temporary Event Notice will cost £21 (price correct as at January 2018).

How can I apply?

Apply online

What happens after I submit my notice?

If it is a working day when we receive the application, we will let you know by the end of that day.  If not, we will let you know by the end of the second working day.

How long will my notice take?

We aim to have a Temporary Event Notices completed within ten working days, with the exception of a late TEN.

Do I need to tell anyone else about the licensed event?

As the "premises user" (event organiser), you must also serve a copy of the Notice on the Police and Environmental Protection no later than ten working days before the event.

If the event is taking place within Colchester Borough, this must be sent to licensing.applications@essex.pnn.police.uk and environmentalprotectionteam@colchester.gov.uk or to the following addresses:

Licensing Department (alcohol), Essex Police, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3DJ

Environmental Control Manager, Colchester Borough Licensing Authority, PO Box 889 Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Road, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3WG

If you apply online or have applied online already this will happen automatically.

If the event is taking place at a site or premises which borders other boroughs or districts, you must also serve copies of the Temporary Event Notice to the relevant local Licensing Authorities and Police.

Are there any other restrictions on the notice?

Yes - a Temporary Event Notice does not relieve the premises user from any requirements under planning law for appropriate planning permission where it is required.  The Temporary Event Notice must not breach any planning conditions.

What will happen if someone objects to my notice?

If there is an objection to a Temporary Event Notice (TEN), a hearing of the licensing sub-committee will 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.

If the Chief Police Officer or Environmental Protection  believe the TEN would undermine  any of the four licensing objectives, they can serve an Objection Notice on us and you. This Notice must be served within three working days of the Police and Environmental Protection receiving the TEN.

If an Objection Notice is served, we must hold a meeting to decide whether the TEN should be approved. We will make a decision at least 24 hours before the beginning of the event.

If we decide not to issue a Counter Notice, the Chief Police Officer can appeal our decision. Appeals must be made to the local Magistrates' Court within 21 days. An appeal may not be brought later than five working days before the day of the planned event.

 The Police or Environmental Protection may modify the TEN with the consent of the  notice giver. In such a case an Objection Notice will be deemed to have been withdrawn. This needs to be checked.

What will happen if the Council don’t reply on time?

If the Council don’t reply within the completion period of ten days (or an extension to that), then Tacit Consent may apply to your event. This means that you might be able to go ahead with your event whether you have consent from us or not.

If different arrangements are in place that are justified by an Overriding Reason of Public Interest, Tacit Consent may not apply.

What can I do if my submission is not successful?

Please contact us first by emailing us on licensing.team@colchester.gov.uk or calling 01206 282520

If we issue a Counter Notice in relation to an Objection Notice, you can 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 before the day of the planned event.

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