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Temporary events notices

If you wish to hold an ad-hoc event in the authorities area, you must give a temporary event notice (TEN) to your local licensing authority.

If you wish to hold an ad-hoc event in the authorities area, you must give a temporary event notice (TEN) to your local licensing authority no later than ten working days before the event. If the premises where the event is to be held is in areas governed by two or more local authorities applications must be made to each.

You must also give a copy of the notice to the police no later than ten working days before the event.

The current fee is £21 per event.

Am I eligible? 

You must be 18 years or older to give a TEN and can give a maximum of five TENs per year. If you are a personal licence holder, you can give a maximum of 50 TENs per year.
Your event must involve no more than 499 people at any one time and last no more than 96 hours with a minimum of 24 hours between events.
You are not allowed more than 12 such notices at any one premises in a calendar year although they can total 15 days.
The notice must contain the dates and times of the event, the type of event, location and numbers of people attending, as well as the activities applied for, ie the sale of alcohol, regulated entertainment etc. 

Regulation summary 

If you want to find out more, please read The Licensing Act.

How will my application be evaluated?

The application must be served on the local authority at least ten working days prior to the event with the fee.

The authority will acknowledge receipt of the notice. Unless the application is made electronically the notice giver must also serve a copy of the police at least ten working days prior to the event.

Apply online 

Please note: all online applications are made on the GOV.UK website. Follow the link above and follow the onscreen instructions.

What happens next?

The Police and Environmental Health service can object to the notice if they believe the event would undermine any of the licensing objectives, and they must serve a notice on the licensing authority within 3 working days.

The licensing authority must then hold a hearing prior to the event. Conditions present on current licences may be attached to a temporary events notice by the licensing authority if an objection is received.

The licensing authority may give a counter notice if the number of events exceeds the number permitted.

What if my application is refused?

If a counter notice is given in relation to an objection notice the applicant may appeal against the decision to the local Magistrates Court within 21 days of the decision being made. An appeal may not be brought later than five working days from the day of the planned event.

Consumer complaints 

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first point of contact should be made with the service provider (The Council). If this has not worked and you are located in the UK then contact Consumer Direct or if outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Registers 

Public licence register.


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