Manchester City Council

Temporary event notice

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  2. Summary

    A Temporary Event Notice (TEN) may be submitted to authorise licensable activities for a limited period of time.  Licensable activities which may be authorised by a TEN are:

    • the retail sale of alcohol (at any time);
    • the provision of regulated entertainment (at any time); or
    • the provision of hot food or hot drink (between 11pm and 5am).

    Under certain circumstances, entertainment (Plays, Dance, Films, Indoor Sporting Events and Boxing or Wrestling Entertainment) is exempt from regulation.

    Entertainment and circumstances where authorisation is not required:

    • Plays – between 0800 and 2300 each day (where attendance is 500 or less);  
    • Dance - between 0800 and 2300 each day (where attendance is 500 or less); 
    • Films - screening of a not for profit film exhibition, held in community premises, between 0800 and 2300 each day (where attendance is 500 or less);
    • Indoor Sporting Events - between 0800 and 2300 each day (where attendance is 1000 or less); and 
    • Boxing or Wrestling – contest/exhibition or display of Greco-Roman wrestling, or freestyle wresting between 0800 and 2300 each day (where attendance is 1000 or less).  

    Licensable activities in conjunction with exempt activities, such as sale of alcohol are not exempt, only the specific activities outlined above.  For example, a play between 0800 and 2300 with attendance of less than 500 people would not require a licence but any sales of alcohol taking place during the play would still need to be made under authority of a TEN or a premises licence. 

    Please note that a Temporary Event Notice can only authorise licensable activities for events with an attendance of 499 people or less, including staff. 

    Notice period
    You must give 10 clear working days notice of a Temporary Event.

    Alternatively, you may submit a ‘late’ TEN giving between nine and five clear working days’ notice. Please note that the day on which the TEN is submitted and the date on which the event begins cannot form part of the notice period.  Submission of late TENs is limited to two per premises per annum. 

    Authorisation of a TEN is subject to certain limits. The premises user is permitted:  

    • 50 events per personal licence holder, 5 events per non-personal licence holder, per calendar year.    The maximum number of events submitted per premises user is 50 for a personal licence holder and 5 for a non-personal licence holder;   
    • 499 people per event at any one time. The maximum number of people who may attend a temporary event at any one time is 499, but please note that this includes people working at the event (bar staff, performers, stewards etc) as well as any audience or customers; 
    • 168 hours per event. A temporary event may last no longer than 168 hours from the start time (this is equivalent to seven days);
    • 15 events per place. The maximum number of events per ‘place’ within a calendar year is 15; and
    • 21 days per place. You are permitted 21 days, or part days, of temporary events per ‘place’. Please note that in relation to a TEN, the 2003 Act defines a “day” as a period of 24 hours beginning at midnight, so if you hold a temporary event that continues beyond midnight (from 11.00pm until 1.00am the following morning for example), this counts as two days off the 21-day maximum per premises.  

    Exceeding the above permitted limits makes the premises user liable for prosecution. 

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  4. Application, guidance notes or terms and condition

    Guidance notes

    Guidance on noise control for open air concerts and events.

  5. Attachments required

    A plan (if relevant)

  6. Processing and timescales

    We will give written acknowledgement of the receipt of the TEN before the end of the first working day after it was received.

    We will give a copy of the notice to GMP and environmental health no later than the end of the first working day after the day on which the notice was received by us. GMP and Environmental Health have 3 working days beginning the day after they are notified of the TEN in which to submit a representation if they believe the TEN would undermine one of the licensing objectives.

    Where an objection is made by the police or environmental health, a public hearing must be held to determine the TEN. The hearing will be held within seven working days following the day after the last date on which an objections maybe be received. The hearing date may be extended beyond seven working days if we consider it is in the public interest to do so.  A decision must be made at least 24 hours before the beginning of the event.

    The police or environmental health 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.

    You will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from us by the end of the target period, providing we have received a full application and you have received an acknowledgment from us.
    If a counter notice is given in relation to a TEN following receipt of a representation by GMP or Environmental Health, the premises user 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. 

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  8. Register

    The electronic premises licensing register is currently unavailable. A copy of the register is available for inspection on request, please email to make an appointment to view between 9am - 5pm at the Licensing Unit, Level 1, Town Hall Extension, Manchester, M2 5DB.

  9. Complaints

    Contact Licensing in the first instance

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