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Licence summary

If you wish to hold an ad-hoc event you must give a temporary event notice (TEN) to Cheshire West and Chester Council no later than ten working days before the event. This does not include bank holidays, the day the application is submitted or the day the event takes place.  If the premises where the event is to be held is in areas governed by two or more councils applications must be made to each.

Where to find help

Apply online

You can apply online for a Temporary Events Notice on the Gov.UK website.

For further information about Temporary Events Notices, please contact the Licensing team.

Unless you submit an electronic application you must also give a copy of the notice to the police 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.

Your event must involve no more than 499 people at any one time and last no more than 96 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

Application evaluation process

The TEN must be given in writing (including by electronic means) to the local authority at least ten working days (bank holidays are not working days) before the event.  This does not include the day the application is submitted or the day the event takes place.   A fee is payable with the notice.

The local authority 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 no later than ten working days before the event period.

The chief police officer who receives a notice and believes that the event would undermine crime prevention objectives can serve an objection notice on the licensing authority and the premises user. This notice must be served within 48 hours 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.

A police chief 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.

Target completion

Your application will be acknowledged as above but only the police and environmental health team can formally object to TENs applications.

Failed application redress

Please contact Cheshire West and Chester Council 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 Cheshire West and Chester Council 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 of a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, further information about making a complaint can be found on the Information for Consumers page of this website. 

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.

Prevention of fraud

Cheshire West and Chester Council is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers. To this end we may use the information we hold for the prevention and detection of fraud, which also includes for the assessment and/or collection of any tax or duty. This will include sharing of information held internally and with external organisations where the law allows.

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