What is a Temporary Event Notice?

A Temporary Event Notice (TEN) is a standalone licensing permission which permits licensable activities for a short period of time. They can either temporally extend or amend licensable activity in respect of a premises which already has a premises licence or club premises certificate, or can apply where there is no existing licensing permission in place (for example, to allow a pub to serve alcohol later as it’s someone’s birthday or to permit a temporary bar at a village fete).

How do I apply for a Temporary Event Notice?

Notice can be made by someone over the age of 18 to the local council in which the applicable premises or area is located. Most council areas have their own online forms. The fee is £21.

How long can they last?

For up to 168 hours (a week). There must be at least a 24-hour gap between Temporary Event Notices. In a calendar year, Temporary Event Notices can only be over a maximum of 21 days (three weeks).

How much notice needs to be given?

At least 10 clear working days’ notice must be given for a Temporary Event Notice. For a late Temporary Event Notice at least 5 clear working days is required.

Are there capacity conditions?

Yes, only up to 499 (including staff) can attend at any one time. However, it might be possible to split an area into multiple premises and apply for a number of Temporary Event Notices to apply at the same time.

How many Temporary Event Notices can someone apply for in a year?

Personal licence holders may give up to 50 standard Temporary Event Notices and 10 late Temporary Event Notices per calendar year. Other persons may give up to 5 standard Temporary Event Notices and 2 late Temporary Event Notices per calendar year. Only 15 Temporary Event Notices can be given per calendar year per premises.

Can a Temporary Event Notice be refused?

The police or environmental health can object to a Temporary Event Notice if they consider it will lead to crime and disorder, public nuisance, or a threat to public safety or if there is a risk that children will be harmed. If an objection is made, the council will hold a licensing sub-committee hearing to approve, add conditions to, or reject the notice.

If objections are made to a late Temporary Event Notice, it is automatically rejected.