Temporary event notice
You can submit a temporary event notice (TEN) if you wish to offer licensable activities in an unlicensed premises on a temporary basis. Licensable activities include:
- selling alcohol
- serving alcohol to members of a private club
- providing entertainment, such as music, dancing or indoor sporting events
- serving hot food or drink between 11pm and 5am
You will also need to submit a TEN if you wish to offer a licensable activity that is not included in the terms of your existing licence – for example, if you wish to hold a wedding reception at a community centre.
Holding an event without a valid licence is a criminal offence, and you can receive a fine and up to six months’ imprisonment.
Events authorised by TENs:
- last for no more than 168 hours (seven days)
- have no more than 499 people in attendance at any one time, including the staff running the event
- have a gap of at least 24 hours between them if they are separate but consecutive events
Number of TENs you can submit
You need a TEN for every event you hold at the same venue. You can only submit a TEN as an individual, not an organisation.
For 2022 and 2023, the number of TENS that a premises user can submit has increased from 15 to 20 per calendar year, and the number of days that temporary events can be held at a single premises has increased from 21 to 26 per calendar year. This applies to events that take place in 2022 and 2023 only.
You can submit up to five TENs a year (this number increases to 50 if you hold a personal alcohol licence).
A single premises can have up to 20 TENs a year, provided the total duration covered by TENs for a single premises does not exceed 26 days in one calendar year.
You can submit a ‘late TEN’ no later than five working days before an event (but not earlier than nine working days). If you do not hold a personal licence, you can submit two late TENs per year. If you do hold a personal licence, the limit is 10. Late TENs count towards your total number of permitted TENs.
Submit a TEN
You must submit your TEN to us no later than 10 working days before your event is due to take place. Please note that if two local authorities govern the area where the event will take place, you will need to notify both. You will need to pay a fee of £21 when you submit your TEN.Submit a temporary event notice
What happens next
After we receive your TEN, we will send an acknowledgement and we will then consult with the police and Environmental Health about your event. The police and Environmental Health have three days to state any objections to your notice. If there are no objections, you will be able to hold your event.
If there is an objection from the police or Environmental Health, our licensing committee will hold a hearing to discuss your notice. The committee will approve, add conditions or reject your notice. If you disagree with the licensing committee’s decision, you can appeal to a magistrates’ court within 21 days of and no later than five days before your event.
If the police or Environmental Health object to a late TEN, the notice will not be valid, and you will not be able to hold the event.
You must keep your TEN in a safe place where the event is held. You must also display a copy of the notice in a clearly visible place at the venue.
For a list of all current TENs, see our Licence Register.