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Apply for a Temporary Event Notice

A Temporary Event Notice (TEN) is needed if you want to carry out a ‘licensable activity’ on unlicensed premises. An application form is at the bottom of this page.

Licensable activity includes:

  • selling alcohol
  • serving alcohol to members of a private club
  • providing entertainment, eg music, dancing or indoor sporting events
  • serving hot food or drink between 11pm and 5am

The process of applying is formally known as ‘serving’ a Temporary Event Notice.

You will also need a TEN if a particular licensable activity is not included in the terms of your existing licence, eg holding a wedding reception at a community centre.


How to apply

You can apply for a Temporary Event Notice by filling out the form below and sending it back to us. Alternatively if you would like to apply electronically, you will need to complete the Gov.uk form listed at the bottom of this page. 

The application must be received by our licensing team at least 10 working days before the event (please note: the date of submitting the TEN and the day of the event are not included in the total number of working days before the event).

You will have to pay a fee of £21. You can only apply for a TEN as an individual, not an organisation.


Conditions

  • You must be at least 18 to apply for a TEN
  • You need a TEN for each event you hold on the same premise.
  • You can get up to five TENs a year. If you already have a personal licence to sell alcohol, you can be given up to 50 TENs a year
  • A single premises can have up to 12 TENs applied for in one year, as long as the total length of the events is not more than 21 days
  • If you’re organising separate but consecutive events, there must be at least a 24-hour gap between them
  • You must display a copy of the notice where it can be easily seen


Late applications

In extreme circumstances, late applications may be considered between five and nine working days before the event. Such late applications are restricted to two per year, and if objected to by either the police or Environmental Health, the event will generally not take place.

Late submissions 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.


Objections

We can’t refuse a notice unless the police or Environmental Health object to it. They must do this within three working days of receiving it. We can only object if we 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, our licensing committee will hold a meeting (called a ‘hearing’) no later than 24 hours before the event (unless all parties agree that a hearing isn’t needed).

At the hearing, the committee will either approve, add conditions or reject the notice.

If the police or Environmental Health object to a late TEN, the notice won’t be valid and you the event can't be held.


Appeals, fines and penalties

If you disagree with the licensing committee’s decision, you can appeal to your local magistrates’ court. You must do this within 21 days, and at least 5 working days before the date of your event.

You could be fined if you make any false statements in your application, or face prosecution if you breach the terms of the notice.


Apply online via GOV.uk

This form is to be completed online only - if you would like to pay via cheque you can use the form found at the top of this page. Please do not print any Gov.uk forms off and post them to us as they will not be valid and the process will have to be repeated.

Should you encounter any problems using these forms or wish to find out more, you can visit the Gov.uk website or contact their support team at licensing-authorities@digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk.

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