You will need a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) if you want to carry out a ‘licensable activity’ on an unlicensed premises. Or if you are carrying out a ‘licensable activity’ longer than allowed on your premises licence.
Licensable activity includes:
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, for example holding a wedding reception at a community centre.
Your event must:
You must be at least 18 to apply for a TEN.
You need a TEN for each event you hold on the same premises.
A single premises can have up to 15 TENs applied for in one year, as long as the total length of the events is not more than 21 days.
An individual 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.
If you’re organising separate but consecutive events, there must be at least a 24 hour gap between them.
You must apply at least ten working days before your event.
You will have to pay a fee of £21.
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 can only apply for a TEN as an individual, not an organisation.
The latest you can apply for a ‘late TEN’ is five working days before the event (but not earlier than nine working days).
If you don’t hold a personal licence, you can serve up to two late TENs per year. If you hold a personal licence, the limit is ten. Late TENs count towards the total number of permitted TENs.
See the guidance notes for more information.
The police or the council will object to the application if we think your event could:
If there’s an objection, the 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 can’t hold the event.
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 five working days before the date of your event.
You must keep your TEN in a safe place where the event is held.
You must also display a copy of the notice where it can be easily seen.
You could be fined if you make any false statements in your application, or face prosecution if you breach the terms of the notice.
If you don’t have a TEN and carry out an activity that you should have a licence for (or allow your premises to be used for one), you can be fined, sent to prison for up to 6 months, or both.
To make an application please first email email@example.com.
This page was last updated on 11 July 2017