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Temporary Event Notice

Information about Temporary Event Notices and who can submit one

Who can submit a notice?

Any individual can submit a Temporary Event Notices (TENs). You can submit a TEN to gain permission for the following activities (whether in a premises or open space):

  • regulated entertainment - plays, films, recorded music, indoor sporting events, live music, boxing or wrestling entertainment, performance of dance
  • late night refreshment - provision of hot food and/or hot drinks between 11pm and 5am
  • sale by retail of alcohol
  • supply of alcohol by or on behalf of a club to a member or to the order of a member

Standard TENs

Standard TENS are those which are served at least ten working days before the event (not including the day of the event):

Late TENs

Late TENs are those served with less notice than standard TENs, by providing between five and nine working days' notice (not including the day of the event). 

How many TEN's can I submit?

  • an individual can submit five TEN's in a calendar year (or three standard and two late)
  • a Personal Licence Holder can submit 50 TEN'S in a calendar year (or 40 standard and ten late)

How to apply

You can apply:

  • online on the GOV.UK website (please follow their instructions to complete the form on your computer, and then upload and submit the form on the GOV.UK site)
  • by downloading our TEN application form and sending it to us with a cheque for £21 (you'll need to send a copy to the police and our Community Safety Team)

To apply for a TEN online you'll need:

  • to complete the TEN application form on the GOV.UK website
  • a credit or debit card to pay the fee of £21

Apply for a Temporary Event Notice online

What happens next?

Both the police and our community safety team have three working days to object after they receive the application. If they object, there must be a hearing within seven days, and at least 24 hours before the event in question, unless an agreement can be reached.

Where there is an objection from the police or community safety team, conditions can be imposed on the temporary event notice which "have effect" in respect of the same premises or any part of the premises to which the temporary event notice relates.

There is a right of appeal to the Magistrates' Court for the police and the applicant. But time constraints may prevent this if the application was made at the last minute.

Limitations on TENs

The event period can last for a maximum of 168 hours (seven days). This is the time during which licensable activities may take place, but they do not have to take place during the whole of that seven day period. Some activities may take place at different times to others.

No more than 499 people, including staff and performers may attend the event at any one time. If there are 500 people or more, it will be necessary for you to obtain a Premises Licence, even if it is for a one off event.

The same premises cannot be used under a TEN on more than 15 occasions in a calendar year subject to an accumulation of 21 days.

There must be at least 24 hours between each event at any one premises.