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4. Latest news about temporary event notices

From 1st January 2016, you can now issue three extra temporary event notices each year for the same area or premises; increasing the permitted number from 12 to 15.

Here is a quick but not exhaustive legal overview that you might find useful:

  • The number of people allowed to attend an event authorised using a temporary event notice is 499.  This includes your staff;
  • Your event cannot last more than 168 hours, which is 7 days;
  • If you already have a personal licence to sell alcohol, you can give up to 50 temporary event notices a year for different premises/locations;
  • If you are applying for a standard temporary event notice, the council's licensing service, the council's environmental health service and police must receive a copy of your temporary event notice at least 5 working days before the event.

    If you are applying for a late temporary event notice, the council's licensing service, the council's environmental health service and police must receive a copy of your temporary event notice at least 5 working days before the event.

    If you serve the temporary event notice online the responsibility for serving the notice on the council's environmental health service and police is transferred to the licensing service.

Of course you might not need a temporary event notice for certain events so it is always wise to check the terms of your existing licence (if the premises already has one) before you apply.

A word of warning though.  If you apply for a late temporary event notice and it is rejected by your local authority, police or environmental health, your notice won't be valid and you can't hold the event. 

Reproduced with thanks to Poppleston Allen Licensing Solicitors