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Changes to the Licensing Act 2003

June 7, 2012

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 came into force in April and made some changes to the Licensing Act 2003, including the process for Temporary Event Notices.

Temporary Event Notice (TEN) changes – Environmental Health has been given the same powers to object that previously were given to the police. They should now routinely receive copies of TENs for investigation and comment. There are now 2 types of TEN, Standard and Late TENs, and these trigger different processes if there are objections. Standard TENs are those giving 10 days notice, and Late TENs only 5 days. Events can now last up to 7 days and total 21 days in a calendar month.

Other changes allow the Licensing Authority to be a Responsible Authority and this may require a review of the Local Authority Licensing policy and organisation of the licensing service to demonstrate a separation of roles.

The RIAMS procedures have been updated to reflect these changes. National Policy and Guidance includes the amended guidance under section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003, together with new Home Office supporting guidance on the Licensing Authority as Responsible Authority, conditions, suspension for non-payment of fees and a closure notice fact sheet. In addition a model Temporary Event Notice Form is available as a document on the system.