Do I need a licence for my event?
If your event involves activities that require a licence, and your premises (a premises is defined as any place) are not already licensed, a temporary event notice (TEN) may be required.
Licensable activities include:
- the provision of regulated entertainment - plays, films, live music, recorded music, dancing
- the provision of late night refreshment (the sale of hot food or drink between 11pm and 5am)
- the sale/supply of alcohol
Certain regulated entertainments are not licensable depending on the time of day and audience size. Please check with our licensing team at [email protected] or on 01423 500600 x56843.
Which events require a TEN?
Events that will require a TEN include:
- extending the drinking hours at an existing licensed premises
- selling alcohol at a premises that is not licensed, have a bar at a village fete or BBQ
- having a live band and DJ at a premises that is not licensed
My premises are already licensed, can I extend what I am already licensed for?
Yes but a TEN may be required if you wish to extend your hours, add licensing activities or extend your licensed area.
What are the limitations of a TEN?
TENs have a number of limitations. These include:
- no more than 499 people on the premises at any one time for each event
- events can last up to 168 hours (7 days)
- each premises can hold no more than 15 temporary event notice events per calendar year
- the maximum total period covered by a temporary event notice at any premises is 21 days per year
- there must be a minimum of 24 hours between each event notified by the same event organiser at any premises.
May I submit more than one TEN application?
Yes multiple TEN applications can be submitted at the same time but each event is a separate TEN with a separate fee payable. The limits set out above cannot be exceeded.
Anyone over the age of 18 can submit a maximum of five TENs per year and Personal Licence Holders can submit a maximum of 50 TENs per year.
How do I apply for a temporary event notice?
Applications must be submitted to us, giving at least ten working days' notice of the event or for a late TEN at least five working days' notice. There are further limitations for a late TEN.
If your event does not fit into the limitations of a TEN a premises licence may be required. Applications for a licence should be submitted to the council at least two months before your event.