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Temporary event notice

​​​​​​​If you wish to hold an ad-hoc event you must give a temporary event notice (TEN) to Rochdale Borough Council no later than 10 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 of them.

Unless you submit an electronic application you must also give a copy of the notice to the police and Environmental Health no later than 10​ working days before the event.

You must be 18 years or older to give a TEN and can give a maximum of 5 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 168 hours (or 7 days) with a minimum of 24 hours between events.

A late TEN can be submitted no earlier than 9 working days and no later than 5 working days before an event.  You can give a maximum of 2 late TENs per year. If you are a personal licence holder, you can give a maximum of 10 late TENs per year. Late TENs will count towards the total number of TENs allowed per year as stated above.

Any one premise can hold up to 15 TENs, covering no more than 21 days in total, per year.

The fee for a TEN is £21.

Apply for a licence

If your event is for the provision of regulated entertainment only, please seek the advice of the Licensing Unit before submitting an application.

Temporary Event Notice​ application form and guidance notes (300kb doc)

Send completed forms to licensing.reg@rochdale.gov.uk or post it to Rochdale Borough Council Licensing or bring it in to the Licensing Unit during opening hours.

​​Application evaluation process​

The TEN must be given in writing (including by electronic means) to the local authority at least 10 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 of £21 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. If an email address is provided on the application, the local authority may use this to provide acknowledgement of the notice.

Unless an application has been submitted electronically, the premises user must also give notice to the chief officer of the local police department and the local authority environmental health service no later than 10 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. If the environmental health service receives a notice and believes that the event would undermine the noise nuisance objective, an objection can be served on the licensing authority and the premises user. This 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 the crime prevention or noise nuisance objectives. A decision must be made at least 24 hours before the beginning of the event.

​A police chief or environmental health service 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.

If an objection is made against a late TEN there will be no hearing. A counter notice will be issued and the event cannot go ahead.

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 can formally object to TENs applications.

Failed application redress

Please contact Rochdale Borough 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 Rochdale Borough Council in the first instance.​​​​

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

Rochdale Borough 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.

Contact

01706 924114


Licensing counter drop-in sessions, Number One Riverside​

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
9am–11am and 2pm–4pm

Tuesday ​2pm–4pm

Licensing Unit
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU