Do I Need A Temporary Events Notice For My Tipi Wedding?

Some of you may never have heard of a Temporary Events Notice before or know what it is all about and it’s certainly not one of the most exciting things to think about when planning an outdoor Tipi wedding! A lot of the information online is confusing and contradictory and no one wants some council official turning up and calling off the wedding. There are certain licensing and planning laws which you may need to consider in advance. It is unlikely that you will need planning permission for the Tipis as they are a temporary structure, but you would require planning permission if the Tipi remained for more than 28 days. We at Tentario, have tried to simplify this as best as possible, so you can say definitively whether you do or don’t require a Temporary Events Notice for your wedding.

The exact answer does depend on a number of factors or licensable activities, but the only ones relevant to outdoor Tipi weddings and weddings in general are concerning alcohol and live or recorded music and possibly a performance of dance. For a license to be required they must take place “for a consideration or with a view to a profit”.

Alcohol

In simple terms, you are allowed to give away as much alcohol as you wish, providing you do not charge your guests. If you intend to operate a cash bar, then you will need to apply for a licence from your local council.

Any bar hire companies that you have hired for your wedding, should have their own license, but definitely check this with them!

Live/Recorded Music

A band or DJ (or similar) performing at a wedding, where the guests have not been charged an admission fee, would not require the event to have a licence. This is more relevant to festivals etc where people will pay to see bands perform.

Performance of Dance

If you have any dancers that may be part of the entertainment at your wedding or alongside the live music, the same rules apply. As long as your guests are not paying for the privilege, then this is perfectly fine and does not require a license.

If it turns out you do need to obtain a Temporary Events Notice for your wedding, make sure you apply for this well in advance. They recommend submitting your notice at least ten working days before your event or wedding, but it would be wise to submit well before this just to be on the safe side!

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