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Temporary Event Notice (TEN)

Temporary Event Notices are used to license one-off activities and events for the supply of alcohol, provision of regulated entertainment and late-night refreshment.

Events that would require a Temporary Event Notice include extending the drinking hours at a licensed premises, such as a pub; or selling alcohol at a premises that is not licensed, such as having a temporary bar at a wedding reception in a marquee.

You must over 18 years old to submit a Temporary Event Notice.


Your event must have less than 500 people at all times, including staff and any performers, and must last no more than 168 consecutive hours (7 days).

You can use up to 5 Temporary Event Notices in a calendar year. If you hold a personal licence, you can use up to 50 Temporary Event Notices in a calendar year.

A single premises can use up to 15 Temporary Event Notices in one calendar year, or a total of 21 days; whichever limit is reached first. This has been relaxed for 2023, meaning a single premises can use up to 20 Temporary Event Notices in one calendar year, or a total of 26 days.

Application process

To serve a Temporary Event Notice, please complete the form below.

To avoid unnecessary delays with processing applications please ensure to select the correct (former council) area so that the application comes directly to the correct team.

Providing you give the required number of days’ notice, and your Temporary Event Notice does not exceed any of the limits, it will be sent back to you with an acknowledgement.

The Council cannot refuse a Temporary Event Notice unless the police and/or environmental health object to it (which they must do within 3 working days of receiving their copies). They can only object if they think your event is likely to:

  • lead to crime and disorder
  • cause a public nuisance
  • be a threat to public safety
  • put children at risk of harm

If there is an objection, we will hold a meeting called a ‘hearing’ where the council’s licensing sub committee will decide whether your Temporary Event Notice should be refused. The hearing will take place no later than 24 hours before the event (unless all parties agree that a hearing is not needed).

If the police or environmental health object to a late Temporary Event Notice, it would not be valid.

Fees and Charges 

Late Temporary Event Notices 

A late Temporary Event Notice is one that is served up to 5 clear working days before the event, rather than the usual 10.

If you do not hold a personal licence, you can serve up to 2 late Temporary Event Notices per year. If you hold a personal licence, you can serve up to 10.

Late Temporary Event Notices count towards the total number of Temporary Event Notices a person can have.

How far in advance can I submit my Temporary Event Notice and what to do if I am too late to submit?


We are currently experiencing some technical issues with our Temporary Event Notice Submissions. If you do not receive a receipt and require one for your records, please email us. Thank you for your patience while we look into this issue. 

There is not any limit to how early you submit a Temporary Event Notice; however, it is suggested it should not be more than a year in advance but as soon as possible within this timeframe.

The latest date you can apply for a Temporary Event Notice is 5 working days before the event; this does not include the day of receipt, Saturdays, Sundays, Bank Holidays, and the day of the event.

If you are too late to apply for a Temporary Event Notice, you can look at exemptions for regulated entertainment or things you can do which mean you do not need a Temporary Event Notice, for example, asking guests to bring their own alcohol. However, asking for donations and including the cost in a ticket is a sale of alcohol and any methods where you obtain payment or services for the alcohol are also likely to be a sale of alcohol which requires authorisation.

At least 10 working days before the event

Between 5 and 9 working days before the event

What happens after my Temporary Event Notice is submitted?

We will contact you if we have any questions about your Temporary Event Notice.

Your Temporary Event Notice will then be sent to the consultees, the Police and our Environmental Health team provided you have submitted an online Temporary Event Notice. They have 3 working days after receipt to submit any objections.

If we receive any objections during the consultation period, we will contact you as soon as possible. Only the Police and/or Environmental Protection team can object to a Temporary Event Notice.

Can I cancel my Temporary Event Notice?

You can withdraw the Temporary Event Notice if your event is cancelled up to 24 hours before it is due to take place. This will not count towards the number of Temporary Event Notices you have submitted that calendar year or the number of Temporary Event Notices submitted for the premises.

However, you will not be able to get a refund for the fee.

I have put the wrong date on my Temporary Event Notice, what do I do?

You can withdraw the Temporary Event notice with the incorrect date and submit a new notice with the correct date providing you still meet the notice periods for a standard or a late Temporary Event Notice.

However, you will not be able to get a refund for the incorrect notice.

We are not sure which venue the event will be, what do we put on the Temporary Event Notice?

If the venues are within the same premises or next to each other, for example, a village hall which has a recreation ground, then the whole area can be subject to one Temporary Event Notice.

However, if you are considering using an indoor area and a field which is situated down the road from this area, it is not possible to include them on the same Temporary Event Notice. This is because you would have to include the whole area in between the two locations on your Temporary Event Notice. We advise talking to the Police and our Environmental Protection team prior to submitting two separate Temporary Event Notices in this situation.

Last reviewed: November 21, 2023 by Keri

Next review due: May 21, 2024

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