You need a Temporary Event Notice to operate outside the terms of an existing premises licence, or to hold an event on unlicensed premises that includes the sale or supply of alcohol or licensable activities.

Licensable activities include:

  • selling alcohol
  • serving hot food and drinks between 11pm and 5am
  • providing regulated entertainment

You need a Temporary Event Notice if you are providing any one or more of the above.

You still need a Temporary Event Notice even if the event activities are for charity.

For further information and guidance about events which will need a Temporary Event Notice, see...

You can apply for a Temporary Event Notice if:

  • There have not been more than 15 events at the premises during any given calendar year (1 January to 31 December)
  • The events you are holding in a calendar year do not exceed 21 days
  • Your event will not last longer than one week
  • You have not held another event 24 hours before
  • You are not holding another event 24 hours after
  • Your event has a maximum capacity of 499 people at any one time.  For example, 1000 people can attend over the course of the event, but only 499 at the same time.

If you have a personal licence, you can apply for up to 50 Temporary Event Notices during any given calendar year.  Up to ten of these notices can be late Temporary Event Notices.

If you do not have a personal licence, you can apply for up to five Temporary Event Notices during any given calendar year.  Up to two of these notices can be late Temporary Event Notices.

Application forms

Temporary Event Notice application forms are only available from the GOV.UK website which also gives full guidance on the application procedure including additional information you must supply and payment of application fees.

You can complete the whole application process online from the GOV.UK website, see the following link to application forms and guidance...

PLEASE NOTE:

  • You must submit your application at least 10 working days before the start of your event unless you submit what is known as a 'late' Temporary Event Notice, see Application deadlines below
  • There is an application fee of £21.00 payable when the application is submitted
  • If we do not grant the Temporary Event Notice, we will not refund your fee

Once we receive your application we will:

  • Acknowledge it within three working days
  • Return the notice to you
  • Contact all those who must be consulted, including Essex Police, to confirm they have received your application.

Online applications

If you complete the whole application process online from the GOV.UK website. This will include:

  • submission of your application form
  • payment of application fees
  • Notification of your application to Essex Police and Basildon Council's Environmental Health Service, as required by the licensing regulations

Postal applications

If you prefer to submit a postal application you can send your completed application form, along with the additional information needed to:

Licensing Authority
Basildon Council
The Basildon Centre
St. Martin's Square
Basildon, Essex
SS14 1DL

PLEASE NOTE: If you decide to submit your application by post then you MUST also:

Application deadlines, inc. late Temporary Event Notices

In normal circumstances you must submit your Temporary Event Notice application at least 10 working days before the start of your event.

In circumstances where it is not possible for valid reasons to submit your application at least 10 working days before the start of your event, we will accept a 'late' Temporary Event Notice application.

If you apply for a late Temporary Event Notice, you will need to submit your application:

  • No later than five working days before the start of your event
  • No earlier than nine working days before the start of your event

If your application for a Temporary Event Notice is turned down

We can only refuse your notice if the police or Environmental Health object to it because they think your event could:

  • Lead to crime and disorder
  • Cause a public nuisance
  • Be a threat to public safety
  • Put children at risk of harm

The police and Environmental Health must make their objections within three working days of receiving your application.

If there is an objection, our Licensing Act 2003 Sub-Committee will hold a hearing, where they will either approve, add conditions or reject your notice.  You can appeal their decision at the magistrates' court within 21 days of them making it, and at least five working days before your event.

If the police or environmental health object to a late Temporary Event Notice, you will not be able to hold the event.

If we do refuse your notice, we will serve a formal counter notice.  We will not refund your fee.

Fines and Penalties

You will face prosecution (resulting in a fine or prison sentient) if you:

  • Carry out an activity that needs a licence without a Temporary Event Notice
  • Allow an event that needs a licence to take place on your premises without a Temporary Event Notice
  • Make any false statements in your application