What happens after I have submitted my application for a TEN?

After receiving a notice, we will either send you an acknowledgement to confirm that the event complies with the statutory limits, or if the event would breach any of the limits, issue a 'counter notice' stopping the event from taking place.

We may also issue a counter notice after considering any objections to the event.

The Police and the Environmental Protection team are the only bodies who may object to a TEN, and they may do so only if they think your event could:

  • lead to crime and disorder; or
  • cause a public nuisance; or
  • be a threat to public safety; or
  • put children at risk of harm.

To object, they must give the premises user and the licensing authority an objection notice within three working days of receiving their copy of the TEN.

If the objection relates to a late TEN, a counter-notice will be issued and the event can not go ahead.

For standard TENs, if the applicant can agree a mutually acceptable modification to the TEN with the party who objected, the event may proceed.

Otherwise, the Licensing Sub Committee must hold a hearing to consider the objection notice at least 24 hours prior to the event, following which a decision may be made to issue a counter notice, which prevents the event from taking place.  To allow time for this hearing (and the possibility of appeal), we advise that TENs are submitted as far in advance of the proposed event as possible

At the hearing, the committee will either approve, add conditions or reject the notice.

How long will it take to process my application?

There is no statutory period for determining applications; however, we aim to determine applications within 35 days.  Tacit consent applies.  This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from us by the end of the 35 day target completion period.

Can I appeal against a decision?

Please contact Licensing Services in the first instance.

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

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 Bath Magistrates' Court within 21 days.

An appeal may not be brought later than five working days from the day of the planned event.

Relevant Legislation

Licensing Act 2003

Trade Associations

Customer Complaints

If you have a complaint about a trader, we would advise you first to contact the trader – preferably by letter with proof of delivery.  If that is unsuccessful and you are in the UK, the Citizens Advice Bureau will assist you.  If you are outside of the UK, contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

If you believe a premises is operating without a valid licence or Temporary Event Notice , please contact Licensing Services.

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