Shorter notice for temporary events

25 October, 2009

Drinks retailers may soon be able to hold outside events without having to give 10 days’ notice.

Licensing minister Gerry Sutcliffe is hopeful of allowing a more flexible approach to the Licensing Act, which places strict controls on the way Temporary Event Notices are issued.

Sutcliffe said: “We are currently developing a proposal, in discussion with a group of stakeholders, that would give the police discretion to validate a TEN for an event that they consider to be low-risk when that TEN was otherwise invalid because it was issued without the minimum notice.

“We hope to commence a three-month consultation on this proposal, along with other simplification proposals, before the end of the year.”

The minister was responding to a question from Conservative MP Oliver Heald, who joined calls for a more flexibility in the system.

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