Temporary events notice
If you wish to hold an ad-hoc event in England or Wales, you must give a temporary event notice (TEN) to the council. This must normally be done no later than 10 working days before the proposed event although there is provision for a limited number of late TEN s to be served up to 5 working days, but no earlier than 9 working days, before the event. If you are sending the TEN by post you should allow at least a further 2 working days (or longer if using second class post) to make sure that it is received in time. Working days do not include Saturday, Sunday or any public holiday.
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 you must also give a copy of the notice to the police and a further copy to The Council's Environmental Health Department no later than ten working days before the event.
You must be 18 years or older to give a TEN and can give a maximum of five Tens per year up to two of which can be late. If you are a personal licence holder, you can give a maximum of 50 Tens per year, 10 of which can be late.
Your event must involve no more than 499 people at any one time and last no more than 168 hours with a minimum of 24 hours between events.
The fee for a TEN is £21.
How to apply
Apply by post
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Please also read the guidance notes on the back of the form before completing the form.
Please send 2 copies of the completed TEN, together with the fee of £21, to the council at:
The Licensing Section
Strategic and Regulatory Services
Town Hall and Civic Offices
Cheques should be made payable to South Tyneside Council.
Send 1 copy to Northumbria Police at the same time to:
The Chief Superintendent
(FAO The Licensing Officer)
South Tyneside Area Command
Millbank Police Station
Send 1 copy to
The Council's Environmental Health Department:
The Environmental Health Manager
Town Hall & Civic Offices, Westoe Road
When completing your application, you should take into account the council's:
An activity that can be licensed must be carried out as detailed in a notice that must be given.
The notice must be in a specific format and must be made by someone over 18 years of age.
The notice should contain:
- If alcohol is to be supplied, a statement confirming that it is a condition of using the premises that the supplies are made under the premises user's authority
- A statement relating to certain matters
- Any other required information
The matters referred to above are:
- Details of the licensable activities
- The event period
- The times when during that period the activities will take place
- The maximum number of people proposed to be allowed on the premises
- Any other required matters
Application evaluation process
The TEN must be given in writing (including by electronic means) to the council at least ten working days before the event. A fee is payable with the notice.
The council will acknowledge receipt of the notice by giving a notice to the premises user before the end of the first working day it was received or before the end of the second working day if the day the notice was received is not a working day.
Unless an application has been submitted electronically, the premises user must also give notice to the chief officer of the local police department and a further copy to the Council's Environmental Health Department no later than ten working days before the event period.
The police and local authority exercising environmental health functions (relevant persons) have three working days to give an objection to a TEN where they consider that the proposed activities will undermine a licensing objective.
There are four licensing objectives under the Licensing Act 2003 which are:
- Prevention of crime and disorder
- Public safety
- Prevention of public nuisance
- Protection of children from harm
The local licensing authority must hold a hearing if an objection notice is served. They may issue a counter notice if it considers it necessary for the promotion of the licensing objectives. A decision must be made at least 24 hours before the beginning of the event.
Counter notices may be provided by the licensing authority if the number of permitted TEN s has been exceeded.
Will tacit consent apply if I haven't heard back from you?
Provided you have received acknowledgment of your notice and you have not been contacted within three working days your application will be deemed to be granted. An officer of the Licensing Section will contact you if any further information about the temporary event notice is needed.
How do I appeal if my application isn't approved?
You should contact South Tyneside Council in the first instance.
If a counter notice is given in relation to an objection notice, you may appeal against the decision.
Appeals must be made to your local Magistrates' court within 21 days. An appeal may not be brought later than five working days from the day of the planned event.
How do I appeal against the conditions of my licence?
Please contact South Tyneside Council in the first instance.
You can also appeal to your local Magistrates' court.
If you have a complaint, we advise that you contact the trader, preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery).
If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice.
From outside the UK, contact the UK European Consumer Centre.
If a licensing authority decides not to issue a counter notice in relation to an objection notice the chief police officer can appeal 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 from the day of the planned event.
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