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Temporary events notices

You will need to apply for a permitted Temporary Event Notice (TEN) if you wish to lawfully hold a temporary event or function for entertainment purposes.

A licence is not normally needed if you plan to provide alcoholic drinks for free.

If the cost of alcoholic drinks is included in an entry price for your event, or the cost of food, you would be considered to be selling alcohol.

If you want to sell alcohol, and no more than 499 people will be attending your event, you should get a temporary event notice.

Please read the temporary event notice guidance

Apply online

You can apply for a TEN online.

Apply by post

Complete the  icon Temporary Event Notice form [355.2KB] and return to the Licensing Team, with the £21 fee. You need to send the form at least ten working days before the event for a standard TEN, or between nine and five working days before a late TEN. 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 legibly 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.

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.