If you want to sell alcohol, have regulated entertainment or late night refreshment and don't hold a premises licence or club premises certificate you can apply for a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) which gives you temporary permission to carry out these licensable activities.
Your event must involve no more than 499 people at any one time and last no more than 168 hours, with a minimum of 24 hours between your event and the start or finish of another TEN.
You must be 18 years or older to make an application for a TEN.
If you hold a personal licence you can give a maximum of 50 TENs per year, of which 10 can be late TENs. A non-personal licence holder on the other hand can only give a maximum of five TENs per year of which 2 can be late TENs.
There are limits on the number of TENs a premises can have and/or the total duration of days a TEN can cover at that premises, in a calendar year. These are 26 days per calendar year or 20 TENs per calendar year, whichever is reached first.
We must receive notice at least 10 clear working days before the event (please note that 10 working days starts from the day after the notice is received by us and does not include the day of the event). A ‘Late TEN’ can be submitted 5 clear working days before the event, not including the day it is received and the day of the event. We would advise submitting a notice no later than 15 clear working days before your event.
You may find it useful to read our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ below before you serve your notice because if any sections are not completed fully or are not clear then we will have to reject your notice. If we do reject your notice you will need to start the process again.
We are not able to amend your notice on your behalf or correct any information you have given so it is important to complete the notice correctly.
Online Temporary Event Notice
If you submit a TEN online, you are not required to send a copy to the Responsible Authorities, we will do this for you.
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Paper Temporary Event NoticeIf you submit a paper notice you must send two copies of your notice to the Licensing Authority and one copy of your notice to the Police. The notice must be received by no later than ten working days before the event period, not including the day served or the day of the event.
Download a temporary event notice application
Contact details of the authorities that require notices to be sent to them following applications.
The most frequently asked questions regarding temporary event notice.
A fee of £21 is payable with each notice.
This fee covers the cost of processing the Notice. If the application is withdrawn, invalid or is issued a counter notice, this fee is non-refundable.
In relation to a standard Temporary Event Notice, if a counter notice is given in relation to an objection notice, the Licensing Authority must hold a hearing to consider the objection. This must be done 24 hours before the beginning of the planned event period specified.
In relation to a Late Temporary Event Notice, if a counter notice is given in relation to an objection notice, there is no hearing. This means that the licensable activities that have been requested on the Temporary Event Notice cannot take place.
We will acknowledge receipt of the notice by giving a notice to the premises user before the end of the first working day following the day it was received, or before the end of the second working day if the day the notice was received is not a working day.
The Responsible Authorities may oppose a TEN if there are concerns that the event may not promote the licensing objectives. They are given three working days in which to do so. We must hold a hearing if an objected notice is served on it, by one of these responsible authorities. We may issue a counter notice to the Temporary Event Notice if it considers it necessary for the promotion of the licensing objectives.
In the case of a Late Notice, if an objection is received from the other responsible authorities the event would be refused.
We will issue a counter notices if the number of permitted TENs has been exceeded.
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