Events organised by a church should be exempt from the requirement to apply for a Temporary Event Notice.
Our church holds a Premises Licence covering events organised by members of our Church for members of our Church and their guests. But under the Licensing Act 2003 if we try to promote charitable events to the general public, or organise such events outside of our premises, we have to apply for a Temporary Event Notice. This requires us to complete a lengthy form, send it to the local council and police and pay £21 per event.
Why does this idea matter?
The existing licensing regulations act as a restriction on charitable fund raising either by adding a cost in terms of bureacracy and money to the event or restricting the ability of the organisers to promote the event beyond their own members to the wider community.