Temporary Event Notice
If you are planning a major event, particularly where the sale of alcohol will take place, you will need to purchase a Temporary Event Notice (TEN).
Temporary Event Notice
Before completing the form, read our guidance notes.
If you wish to hold an ad-hoc event in Mole Valley, Mole Valley District Council must receive your TEN no later than 10 clear working days prior to the event (not including the day of receipt or the day of 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.
Unless you submit an electronic application, the police and local authority exercising environmental health functions for the area in which the premises are located must also be served a copy of your notice and receive it no later than 10 working days before the event.
You can only apply for a TEN as an individual, not an organisation.
You must keep your TEN in a safe place when the event is held. You must also display a copy of the notice where it can be easily seen.
- you must be 18 years or over to apply for a TEN
- your event must involve no more than 499 people at any one time and last no more than 168 hours (seven days) with a minimum of 24 hours between your event and the start or finish of another Temporary Event Notice.
Number of notices you can apply for
- you can only be given a maximum of five TENs per year if you do not hold a personal licence under the Licensing Act 2003. If you do hold a personal licence, you can give a maximum of 50 TENs per year, however you are limited to a maximum number of TENs per premises.
- premises are limited to a maximum duration covered by temporary event notices that is 21 days per calendar year or 15 TENs per calendar year for each premise, whichever is used up first.
The TEN costs £21. You will need a debit or credit card to pay the fee online.
Submission of Late Temporary Event Notices
Late notices can be given no later than five clear working days but no earlier than nine clear working days before the event in relation to which the notice is given. A late notice given later than five working days before the event to which it relates will be returned as void and the activities described in it will not be authorised.
The number of late notices that can be given is limited to 10 for a personal licence holder and two for non personal licence holders. You must tick the box on page three of the application form to show you are making a late application.
Please note if there is an objection to the late TEN from either the police or Environmental Health Department the event will not go ahead and a counter notice will be issued and the event will not be authorised to proceed.
The Council can't refuse a notice unless the police or Environmental Health object to it. They must do this within three working days of receiving it. They can only object if they think your event could:
- lead to crime and disorder
- cause a public nuisance
- be a threat to public safety
- put children at risk of harm
If there's an objection, the Council's licensing committee will hold a meeting (called a 'hearing') no later than 24 hours before the event (unless all parties agree that a hearing isn't needed).
At the hearing, the committee will either approve, add conditions or reject the notice.
If the police or Environmental Health object to a late TEN, the notice won't be valid and you can't hold the event.
If you disagree with the licensing committee's decision, you can appeal to your local magistrates' court. You must do this within 21 days, and at least five working days before the date of your event.
Fines and penalties
You could be fined if you make any false statements in your application, or face prosecution if you breach the terms of the notice.
If you don't have a TEN and carry out an activity that you should have a licence for (or allow your premises to be used for one), you can be fined, sent to prison for up to six months, or both.