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You could try to extend your hours of trade beyond what is permitted on your premises licence on a temporary basis by lodging a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) with your local authority.
The key points to note regarding TENs include:
Should no objections be received from the Police or Environmental Health to you extending trading hours, then this can give an indication of your chances of success should you decide to apply to change your premises licence on a permanent basis. Using TENs this way can allow you to build a body of evidence to show that you have already traded to the proposed later hours through the use of TENs without any issues.
However, one thing to bear in mind with using this process to test the water is that local residents are not consulted on TENs. If you are located near residents, then they may accept you using TENs on the odd occasion for extended hours, but they may think differently about you having a permanent extension to your licence. Furthermore, should you decide to apply to extend your trading hours permanently, then local residents can contact the Licensing Authority to object to your proposals which could end up with it being refused.
There is no guarantee, that should you use TENs to evidence that you can trade beyond your existing permitted hours, that any application to make this a permanent change will be granted. There are various factors to consider with this approach and we would advise you to seek legal advice in the first instance.
For assistance with Temporary Event Notices or any other licensing issue, call 01332 226 151 or complete the form below.
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