Temporary Event Notices

What is a temporary event notice?

A temporary event notice (TEN) allows you to hold a one-off event which includes certain types of entertainment or the sale of alcohol without a premises licence.

A list of all current TENs can be viewed here: Temporary event notice public register (pdf) 

Apply for a temporary event notice

Apply for a notice online on the .Gov website

You will need a debit or credit card to pay the fee for this application. 

Important information about applying for a temporary event notice:

  • You must be 18 years or older to send a notice.
  • We must receive your notice no later than ten clear working days before the event starts. Clear working days do not include the day the council receives your application or the day of the event.
  • If you have a personal licence to sell alcohol you can submit a maximum of 50 notices in one calendar year.
  • If you do not hold a personal licence, you can submit a maximum of five notices in one calendar year.
  • A single premises can have up to 15 TENs applied for in one year,* however;
    • The maximum total duration of the periods covered by TENs at any particular premises cannot exceed 21 days in any calendar year*. Note: A day means a period of 24 hours beginning at midnight (and cannot be taken as any 24 hour period). A calendar year commences on the 1st January and ends on the 31st December
  • A temporary event notice only allows a maximum of 499 people at an event (including staff) – if you want to hold an event for more than 499 people, you might have to apply for a premises licence with a fixed time period.
  • A notice may last for no more than seven consecutive days (that is 168 hours running together), and there must be a minimum of 24 hours between each event.

PLEASE NOTE: For the duration of 2022 and 2023, the number of Temporary Event Notices that a premises user can give will also increase from 15 to 20 per calendar year and the maximum number of days a temporary event may be held at a premises will increase from 21 to 26 days per calendar year. A single premise can have up to 20 TENs applied for in one year, as long as the total length of the events is not more than 26 days, for events taking place in 2022 and 2023 only. 

Counter notices may be issued by us if the number of permitted TENs has been exceeded.

Late TENs

Late TENs are intended to be used by premises users who are required for reasons outside their control to, for example, change the venue at short notice. They should not be used except in exceptional circumstances.

The latest you can apply for a ‘late TEN’ is 5 clear working days before the event (but not earlier than 9 clear working days). Again clear working days do not include the day the council receives your application or the day of the event.

If you do not hold a personal licence, you can serve up to 2 late TENs per year. If you hold a personal licence, the limit is 10. Late TENs count towards the total number of permitted TENs.

What happens next?

The Police or our Environmental Health Noise Team may make a representation about (raise a question about) your application. They may do this no later than 48 hours after they receive it. If they do, there will be a hearing. Depending on the result of that hearing, we may send you a counter notice which will prevent the licensable activities at the event.


Temporary Events