Now that England has entered step 4 of the Government’s roadmap, some operators are choosing to apply for temporary event notices to extend their permitted hours of operation and licensable activities, in an attempt to make up lost revenue and increase their profits.

Operators may wish to host private events both indoors and outdoors (especially in the summer months). Some of our clients have instructed us to apply for temporary event notices for comedy clubs, film events, special events in hotels, restaurants, bars and nightclubs or to collaborate with music festivals.

Currently, up to 15 temporary event notices (“TENs”) can be applied for in respect of a single premises in one calendar year. The 15 events must not exceed 21 days. There must be at least 24 hours between events and the number of people attending an authorised event must not exceed 499.

A personal licence holder can apply for up to 50 TENs per year, subject to the limit of 15 for a single premises. A person who does not hold a personal licence can also apply for up to 5 TENs per year, subject to various conditions.

The Alcohol Licensing (Coronavirus) (Regulatory Easements) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 have been drafted and laid before Parliament for approval. The draft Regulations increase the current limit of TENs for a single premises from 15 to 20 per annum and the maximum number of days will also increase from 21 to 26 days per annum, for events occurring in 2022 and 2023.

This is another attempt by the Government to help the hospitality industry recover, following the various restrictions imposed over the last 16 months.

For further advice and assistance, please contact Joanna Onisiforou, Associate – 0207 759 1371

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