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Temporary events notices

If you intend to sell alcohol (including where the cost of the alcoholic drink is included in the entry price for the event or with the cost of the food), provide regulated entertainment, or provide hot food or drink after 11pm or before 5am, then authorisation is required.

A temporary event notice (TEN) can be used to authorise licensable activities at a premises provided that no more than 499 people will be on the premises at any one time during the event. For larger events you will need to apply for a premises licence.

Please read the icon temporary event notice guidance notes. [179.66KB]

Since 1 April 2018 every street in Guildford Borough has been designated a consent street. A street is legally defined as "any road, footway, beach or other area to which the public have access without payment" and so includes areas such as village greens. If your event will take place on a "street" with no entry charge, and will include "the selling or exposing or offering for sale of any article (including a living thing)" then you will need to obtain street trading consent, in addition to authorisation for the licensable activities.


You can either pay and apply for a TEN online, or you can complete the  icon Temporary Event Notice form [355.2KB]  and email it to regulatoryservices@guildford.gov.uk. Alternatively, a paper copy can be posted or dropped into reception at the council office (see How to pay, below). Payment will need to be made at the time of application.

The form must be received by us at least ten working days before the event (not including the day of the application and the day the event takes place) for a standard TEN. If the event is between nine and five working days (not including the day of the application and the day the event takes place) then a late TEN can be applied for and the necessary box marked on the application form.

How to pay

  • Pay with a debit/credit card over the phone once you have sent your documentation to us. Telephone: 01483 505050.
  • Pay with a debit/credit card at our main reception, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford GU2 4BB.

Please note, when calculating the number of working days before the event, you do not include the day we receive the notice, or the day the event begins. If you submit the notice online, we receive the notice on the day it is submitted.

Please write clearly in block capitals. Make sure your answers are inside the boxes and written or typed in black ink. Use additional sheets if necessary.

  • You should keep a copy of the completed notice for your records.

  • You must send one copy of the notice to the licensing authority.

  • The licensing authority will endorse their copy and return it to you.

  • We aim to process all applications within two working days of receiving them.

  • If your TEN is rejected, you will not be issued a refund.

We will send a copy of your temporary event notice on to the Chief Police Officer and the Environmental Health Department. If these authorities believe that the event would undermine one or more of the licensing objectives, they can service an objection notice on the licensing authority and the premises user. This notice must be served within three working days of receipt of the temporary event notice.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period, provided your application was correctly made and made within time.