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Temporary event notice

Licence summary 

If you wish to hold an ad-hoc event in Wales, you must give a temporary event notice (TEN) to your local licensing authority no later than ten working days before 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.

You must also give a copy of the notice to the police and Flintshire County Council's Environmental Health Section 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. If you are a personal licence holder, you can give a maximum of 50 TENs per year.

In an exceptional circumstance, it may be possible to submit a 'late TEN'. Late notices can be given no later than 5 working days but no earlier than 9 working days before the event. Details of your exceptional reasons should be provided in a written format to accompany your notification.

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.

Eligibility criteria 

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

Regulation summary 

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence (new window) (The Licensing Act 2003 (Permitted Temporary Activities) (Notices) Regulations 2005)

Application evaluation process 

Two copies of the TEN must be given in writing to the local authority at least ten days before the event. A fee is payable with the notice.

The premises user must also give notice to North Wales Police & Flintshire County Council's Environmental Health Section no later than ten working days before the event period. If an application is submitted electronically, the Council will send copies to the Police and the Environmental Health Section.

If North Wales Police or Flintshire County Council's Environmental Health Section believes that the event would undermine any of the licensing objectives they can serve an objection notice on the licensing authority and the premises user. The notice must be served within 3 working days of receipt of the temporary event notice.

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 crime prevention objective. A decision must be made at least 24 hours before the beginning of the event.

In the case of 'late TEN's', if an objection notice is received from North Wales Police or Flintshire County Council's Environmental Health Section, there will be no hearing and the event may not be authorised to proceed. 

North Wales Police or Flintshire County Council's Environmental Health Section may modify the TEN with the consent of the premises user. In such a case an objection notice will be deemed to have been withdrawn.

Counter notices may be provided by the licensing authority if the number of permitted TENs has been exceeded.

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 local authority by the end of the target completion period.

Apply online 

Application for a Temporary Event Notice (new window) 

Failed application redress 

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

If a counter notice is given in relation to an objection notice the applicant may appeal against 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.

Licence holder redress 

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

Consumer complaint 

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Citizens Advice (new window) will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre (new window).

Other redress 

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.

Contact details

Licensing Section, Public Protection, Flintshire County Council, County Hall, Mold, CH7 6NF

Telephone: 01352 703030

Email: licensing@flintshire.gov.uk

Trade associations 

National Outdoor Events Association (NDEA) (new window)

Society of Event Organisers (SEO) (new window)

Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) (new window)

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