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Temporary event notices
A temporary event notice (TEN) can be used to authorise small-scale ad hoc events held in or on any premises involving no more than 499 people and for a maximum of 168 hours at any one time.
- to submit a TEN the premises user must be 18 or over
- if you propose to have more than 499 persons, or have already had the maximum number of TENs (15 TENs and maximum number of days is 21) this year, you’ll need to apply for a premises licence
There are 2 types of TEN:
- Standard TEN, submitted with at least 10 clear working days from the date of submission to the date of the event
- Late TEN, submitted between 5 and 9 working days from the date of submission to the date of the event. These should only be used in exceptional circumstances
How many TENs can I submit?
A premises user who holds a personal licence can submit a maximum of 50 TENs, of which 10 can be late TENs per calendar year.
A premises user who doesn’t hold a personal licence can submit a maximum of 5 TENs, of which 2 can be late TENs per calendar year.
A maximum of 15 TENs can be submitted for a particular premises per calendar year, subject to a maximum of 21 days per year
A premises user not holding a personal licence is limited to 5 events where there is supply of alcohol.
Further information can be found in the TEN guidance notes.
What are the 2 types of TEN?
A standard TEN is a TEN that is submitted with at least 10 clear working days from the date of submission to the date of the event.
The date of submission and the date of the event are not to be included in the 10 working days. See working days for more information.
These should only be used in exceptional circumstances.
A late TEN is a TEN that is submitted between 9 and 5 clear working days from the date of submission to the date of the event. The date of submission and the date of the event are not to be included in the 5 working days. See working days for more information.
A personal licence holder can give 10 late TENs in a calendar year. A person who doesn’t hold a personal licence can only give 2 late TENs in a calendar year.
Please note that if there is an objection from either the Police and/or Environmental Protection to the late TEN then the event cannot go ahead and a counter notice will be issued.
What are working days?
- under Section 193 of the Act, a ‘working day’ is defined as any day other than a Saturday, a Sunday, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a day which is a bank holiday under the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 (c. 80) in England and Wales
- you shouldn’t include the day the TEN is submitted as one of the working days
- you shouldn’t include the day the event commences as one of the working days
Please ensure you have read the TEN guidance notes before submitting a TEN. The regulations that apply to TENs are complicated.
We suggest allowing plenty of time to organise your event and submit a TEN. Find out more about the temporary events notice legislation.
The simplest way to submit a TEN is online. Once you have completed the TEN you will be asked to make a card payment of £21. The police and environmental protection will also automatically receive a copy of the TEN.
You need to include the following details in your submission:
- a personal licence number if you have a personal licence
- the premises licence or club premises certificate number if it is licensed to sell alcohol, provide regulated entertainment, serve food after 11pm
- an email address, as all correspondence after submitting a TEN will be made by email
It is important to consider the following criteria before you submit a TEN
- has the premises had TENs before? If yes then how many TENs and days have been used for the year so far? A maximum of 15 TENs can be given for a particular premises per calendar year, subject to a maximum of 21 days per year
- is the event covered by the TEN lasting no more than 168 hours (a maximum of 7 consecutive days) and hence eligible for a TEN?
- will there be a minimum of 24 hours between events (TENs)? 2 TENs can’t run consecutively without a gap of at least 24 hours between the 2
Further information can be found in the TEN guidance notes.
Submit a TEN by post or in person
You can submit by post or in person to: Licensing Service, Hackney Service Centre, 1 Hillman Street, E8 1DY.
The Hackney Service Centre is open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
If you’re submitting by post or in person, a copy of the TEN must also be sent to the police and environmental protection at the addresses below, no later than 10 working days before the event period.
You should send / bring
- a completed temporary event notice form
- payment of £21 by postal order or cheque made out to ‘The London Borough of Hackney’. If submitting in person, you can also pay by cash or card
The Chief Officer of Police
Hackney Licensing Unit
Stoke Newington Police Station
33 Stoke Newington High Street
Tel: 020 7275 3022
Temporary event notice officer
Hackney Service Centre
1 Hillman Street
Tel: 020 8356 4997
Once the police and environmental protection are in receipt of the valid TEN, they have 3 working days in which they are entitled to make an objection in respect of your notice.
If either believe that the event would undermine one or more of the licensing objectives they can serve an objection notice on the licensing authority and the premises user.
If an objection is made by either the police and / or environmental protection or both, and the notice is not withdrawn, then a licensing sub-committee hearing will be scheduled.
The decision whether or not to allow the event to proceed will be taken by the sub-committee. However, a hearing can be avoided if an agreement is reached and the objections are withdrawn.
If an objection is made by either the police and environmental protection or both the event can’t go ahead and a counter notice will be issued.
TEN authorised – acknowledgement letter
If there are no objections we will confirm this to you.
Please note that a copy of the TEN should be printed and displayed at the premises.
TEN not authorised
If your event isn’t authorised you’ll be issued with a counter notice.
This is a formal notification that the event can’t be held and will be issued in the following circumstances:
- You have not complied with the restrictions on giving a valid TEN (eg exceeded permitted number of days / events)
- The police and / or environmental protection have objected to a late TEN
- The licensing sub-committee have decided that the event shouldn’t proceed
Appealing against the decision
There is no right of appeal against an objection to a late TEN.
An appeal can be made to the magistrates’ court if the Council’s licensing sub-committee issue a counter notice to a standard TEN.