Temporary events relate to ‘one off’ events where 499 people or fewer will attend where licensable activities will take place.
Licensable activities are
- Selling or supplying alcohol
- Providing regulated entertainment - such as music, dancing or indoor sporting events
- Providing late night refreshment – hot food or drink sold between 11pm and 5am
- You must be 18 years or over to apply
- no more than 499 people – including staff running the event
- last no longer than 168 hours (7 days)
- you can have 5 TENS a year, 2 of which can be ‘late’ TENs and Personal Licence holders can have 50 TENs a year, 10 of which can be ‘late’ TENS
- a premises can have up to 15 TENs applied for in one year, as long as the total length of the events are not more than 21 days
- there must be at least a 24 hour gap between each event
It is unlawful to permit children under 16 not accompanied by an adult between midnight and 5am to any premises operating under a TEN supplying alcohol for consumption. (See Safeguarding link)
Fees and charges
The latest you can apply for a ‘late TEN’ is 5 days (not including weekends or Bank Holidays) before the event but not earlier than 9 days. These days do not include the day we receive your application or the day of the event.
We will not refuse a TEN unless the Police or Environmental Protection objects to it within 3 days. They can only object if they think your event could -
- lead to crime and disorder
- cause a public nuisance
- be a threat to public safety
- put children at risk of harm
If there’s an objection, we will hold a meeting (called a ‘hearing’) no later than 24 hours before the event (unless all parties come to an agreement).
At the hearing, the committee will approve, add conditions or reject the TEN. If the Police or Environmental Protection objects to a late TEN, it won’t be valid and you can’t hold the event.
Displaying your notice
You must keep your TEN in a safe place at the event and where it can be easily seen
How to apply
- you must apply at least 10 days (not including weekends or Bank Holidays) before an event. These days do not include the day we receive your application or the day of the event.
- we require 2 copies of the application, one for the Licensing Section and Environmental Protection. Another must be sent to the Police. All copies are required at least 10 working days before the event.
Application form and guidance
Send completed applications to email@example.com
or you can post it to -
If payment is not enclosed, you will be contacted. Failure to provide the fee may delay your application.
For advice on events, you can contact
Use the online form below to submit a query relating to a Temporary Event notice.