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Temporary event notice

A temporary event notice (TEN) must be submitted at least ten clear working days before the date of the event, or for a Late TEN at least five clear working days. Neither the day a TEN is submitted or the day of the event count towards ‘clear working days’. A temporary event notice submitted over the weekend will be processed on the next working day. Working days are defined as Monday to Friday excluding bank holidays.

Please note that no refunds are issued for temporary event notices.

Temporary event notice

If you’re planning an event that involves activities needing a licence, and your premises (a premises is defined as any place) is not already licensed, a temporary event notice (TEN) may be needed.

Licensable activities include providing:

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

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 barbecue
  • having a live band and DJ at a premises that is not licensed

If you’re a licensed premises, a TEN may be needed if you wish to extend your hours, add licensing activities or extend your licensed area.


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
  • 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

Apply for a temporary event notice

You must submit your TEN notice at least ten clear working days before the event or for a late TEN, at least five clear working days' notice; this excludes the day the notice is served and the day of the event. (working days are classed as Monday – Friday, any notice submitted on a Saturday or Sunday will be dealt with on the Monday) When a notice is received and payment has not been made, we will ring you for payment but please note that the notice will not have been served until such times as payment has been received.

If your notice is received in time, we’ll send you an acknowledged copy. You will also receive a receipt for the fee.

You will be authorised to hold your event. This is unless we’re contacted by the Police or Environmental Protection if they have concerns regarding crime and disorder or public nuisance.

Use our online form below to submit a notice and pay the fee using a debit or credit card.

Laws and regulation

You are required to serve a Temporary Event Notice under the Licensing Act 2003.