Information on temporary event notices

Due to the sheer volume of applications received by the licensing team we produce TENs by date of event order. If you haven't heard from us within three working days after you have submitted you application; your notice has not received any objections and has therefore normally been granted. Each applicant will receive their signed TEN via email prior to the event.

If you are planning an event, which includes the sale of alcohol (this includes an event where tickets are purchased and alcohol is included in the ticket price), late-night refreshment or entertainment, you need a temporary event notice (TEN).

You may be required to gather information according to Covid-19 Track and Trace. Information outlining your obligations and QR codes can be found on the government's website.

Temporary event notice application form

The cost is £21 per application. Payment is made via credit or debit card at the end of the application form.

Note that for temporary event notices:

  • there is a limit to the number of notices you can apply for within a calendar year. Personal licence holders may apply for 50 but if you do not hold a personal licence you are limited to five applications, this limit includes business partners and associates
  • you must give 10 clear working days' notice (this does not include the day we receive your application or the day of the event); if you give between five and nine working days' notice of the event then your notice is a late notice. There are limits to the number of late notices you can apply for
    • personal licence holders can apply for up to 10 late notices per calendar year
    • if you do not hold a personal licence then the limit is two
    • if you give less than five working days' notice your application will be void
  • a temporary event notice cannot last for more than 168 hours or seven days
    • events running beyond midnight are classed as two separate days' for these purposes
    • there must be a minimum of 24 hours between two temporary events held at the same premises
    • all TEN applications are sent to the Police and Environmental Protection team for consultation (3 working days)

We can refuse a notice if the limits are exceeded - this is reflected in the guidance, the guidance also refers to the following:

The police and local authority exercising environmental health functions may intervene on the grounds of any of the four licensing objectives (the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, the prevention of public nuisance, and the protection of children from harm) to prevent the occurrence of an event at which permitted temporary activities are to take place or to agree a modification of the arrangements for such an event.

For managers of pubs, clubs and other venues who provide or are thinking of providing entertainment such as live music, DJ's, karaoke etc. please read our simple guide for managing entertainment noise.

Further information can be found in our temporary event notice guidance document.

If you don't have a TEN and carry out any licensable activities (or allow your premises to be used for any licensable activities) you could be subject to an unlimited fine.

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