Temporary event notice guidance

Do I need a licence for my event?

If your event involves activities that require a licence, and your premises (a premises is defined as any place) are not already licensed, a temporary event notice (TEN) may be required.

Licensable activities include:

  • the provision of regulated entertainment - plays, films, live music, recorded music, dancing
  • the provision of late night refreshment (the sale of hot food or drink between 11pm and 5am)
  • the sale/supply of alcohol

Certain regulated entertainments are not licensable depending on the time of day and audience size. Please check with our licensing team at [email protected] or on 01423 500600 x56843.

Which events require a TEN?

Events that will require a TEN include:

  • extending the drinking hours at an existing licensed premises
  • selling alcohol at a premises that is not licensed, have a bar at a village fete or BBQ
  • having a live band and DJ at a premises that is not licensed

My premises are already licensed, can I extend what I am already licensed for?

Yes but a TEN may be required if you wish to extend your hours, add licensing activities or extend your licensed area.

What are the limitations of a TEN?

TENs have a number of limitations. These include:

  • no more than 499 people on the premises at any one time for each event
  • events can last up to 168 hours (7 days)
  • each premises can hold no more than 15 temporary event notice events per calendar year
  • the maximum total period covered by a temporary event notice at any premises is 21 days per year
  • there must be a minimum of 24 hours between each event notified by the same event organiser at any premises.

May I submit more than one TEN application?

Yes multiple TEN applications can be submitted at the same time but each event is a separate TEN with a separate fee payable. The limits set out above cannot be exceeded.

Anyone over the age of 18 can submit a maximum of five TENs per year and Personal Licence Holders can submit a maximum of 50 TENs per year.

How do I apply for a temporary event notice?

Applications must be submitted to us, giving at least ten working days' notice of the event or for a late TEN at least five working days' notice. There are further limitations for a late TEN.

If your event does not fit into the limitations of a TEN a premises licence may be required. Applications for a licence should be submitted to the council at least two months before your event.

Temporary event notice application form