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Applying for a TEN

Applicants

Applicants must be aged 18 years or older.

A temporary event notice (TEN) may only be given by an individual and not, for example, by an organisation or club or business. The individual giving the notice is the proposed “premises user”. Within businesses, clubs or organisations one individual will therefore need to be identified as the proposed premises user.

An 'associate' of the proposed premises user is:

  1. the spouse of that person;
  2. a child, parent, grandchild, grandparent, brother or sister of that person;
  3. an agent or employee of that person; or
  4. the spouse of a person within (2) or (3).

For these purposes, a person living with another as that person’s husband or wife is to be treated as that person’s spouse.

Application process

The council's staff must be able to read the form easily. If areas of the form are left blank or items are omitted, it will be returned to the applicant as an invalid application. 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.

You can apply by submitting the following:

  • a completed temporary event notice submitted at least 10 working days for a standard TEN or at least five working days for a late TEN to the Licensing Authority prior to the event date;
  • The relevant fee of £21 must accompany the notice. Make a payment.

Your contact details

If you include an email address the licensing authority may send the acknowledgement of receipt of your notice or any notice or counter notice it is required to give under the relevant sections of the Licensing Act 2003. Please make sure you can provide us with a mobile number so that you can be reached by Police, Environmental Health and the Licensing Authority.

Description

A detailed description of the nature of the premises will assist the Police and Environmental Health in deciding if any issues relating to the licensing objectives are likely to arise. 

You should state clearly that the premises to be used, for example, a public house, a restaurant, an open field, a village hall or a beer tent.  

A detailed description of the event taking place at the premises which will assist the Police and Environmental health in deciding as to whether or not to make an objection. You should clearly state that the event taking place would be for example a wedding with a pay bar, the supply of beer at a particular farmers market, a discotheque, the performance of a string quartet, a folk group or a rock band.

Apply online

If you are giving this notice to the licensing authority by means of the relevant electronic facility, you are not required to send a copy of the notice to the Chief Officer of Police or Environmental Health.

Apply for a TEN online.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the council by the end of the notice period.

Timescales

Standard Temporary Event Notice (STEN)

It is a requirement that you send at least one copy of the notice to the licensing authority at least 10 working days before the commencement of the proposed licensable activities / event. The authority will give you written acknowledgement of the receipt of the notice. This will be important proof that you gave the notice and when you gave it for the purposes of the Act. 

Late Temporary Event Notice (LTEN)

It is a requirement that you send at least one copy of the notice to the licensing authority at least five working days but no earlier than nine working days before the commencement of the proposed licensable activity or event. 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 authority will give you written acknowledgement of the receipt of the notice. This will be important proof that you gave the notice and when you gave it for the purposes of the Act. 

If there is an objection from either the police or local authority exercising environmental health functions, the event will not go ahead and a counter notice will be issued.

Serving the Temporary Event Notice on relevant agencies

The original notice must be sent to the licensing unit. A copy of the the notice must be sent to both Environmental Health and Kent Police.  Contact details are provided.

Environmental Health

Head of Environmental Health
Medway Council
Gun Wharf
Dock Road
Chatham Kent ME4 4TR

Email: environmental.protection@medway.gov.uk

Phone: 01634 333333

 

Chief Officer of Police

Licensing Unit
Kent Police
Medway Police Station
Purser Way
Gillingham Kent  ME7 1NE
Email: licensing.north.division@kent.pnn.police.uk 
Phone: 01634 792539 or 01634 792388

 

Objections

The police and local authority exercising environmental health functions may intervene on the grounds of any of the four licensing objectives (the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, the prevention of public nuisance and the protection of children from harm) to prevent the occurrence of an event at which permitted temporary activities are to take place or to agree a modification of the arrangements for such an event. However, the licensing authority will intervene of its own volition in the cases described

  • Firstly, it will issue a counter notice if there is an objection to a late temporary event notice.
  • Secondly, it may issue a notice in relation to its decision to impose conditions on a temporary event notice.
  • Thirdly, it will issue a counter notice if the limitations are exceeded. If the limits are breached or if a counter notice has been issued, any licensable activities taking place would be unauthorised and the premises user would be liable to prosecution.

For more information contact Licensing Unit by telephone: Licensing Services - 01634 337107 or 337108 / Enforcement - 01634 337112 or 337106 or by email: licensing@medway.gov.uk

Write to: Licensing Unit, Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR