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Temporary Event Notice (TENs)

A Temporary Event Notice (TEN), authorises any event involving any form of licensable activity in a premises that is not already licensed for that activity or additional licensable activities in premises that are already licensed. It can also be used to extend the hours of a licensable activities in premises that are already licensed.

Licensable activity includes:

• selling alcohol
• serving alcohol to members of a private club
• providing entertainment, such as music, dancing or indoor sporting events
• serving hot food or drink between 11pm and 5am

‘Serving’ a Temporary Event Notice is how the process of applying for a TEN is formally known.


How many people can attend an event under a Temporary Events Notice?

The event must have fewer than 500 people at all times – including staff running the event.

How long can an event last under a Temporary Events Notice?

The event must last no more than 168 hours (7 days).

At what age can I apply for a Temporary Events Notice?


You must be at least 18 to apply for a TEN.


Can a company apply for a Temporary Events Notice?

 NO. You can only apply for a TEN as an individual, not an organisation.

Is there a restriction on the number of notices you can apply for?


You can get up to 5 TENs a year. If you already have a personal licence to sell alcohol, you can be given up to 50 TENs a year.

Is there a restriction on the number of Temporary Events Notice a premises can have?

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. You need a TEN for each event you hold on the same premises. If you’re organising separate but consecutive events, there must be at least a 24 hour gap between them.

How do you apply for a Temporary Event Notice?

You can apply for a TEN by contacting your local council or here at Innpacked we can take care of the full process on your behalf.

How close to the event can I apply for a Temporary Event Notice?

You must apply at least 10 clear working days before your event.

What if I miss the 10 clear working days deadline?


You can apply for a ‘late TEN’. The latest you can apply for a ‘late TEN’ is 5 clear working days before the event (but not earlier than 9 clear working days).

Is there a limit to the number of Late TENs I can serve?

If you don’t hold a personal licence, you can serve up to 2 late TENs per year. If you hold a personal licence, the limit is 10. Late TENs count towards the total number of permitted TENs.

Who can object to a TEN?


The police or Environmental Health can object to a TEN. They must do this within 3 working days of receiving it. They can only object if they think the event lead to or cause:
• crime and disorder
• a public nuisance
• a threat to public safety
• children being put at risk of harm

Can I defend the TEN if there are objections?


If there’s an objection, your council’s licensing committee will hold a meeting unless all parties agree that a hearing isn’t needed. At the hearing, the committee have the power to approve, add conditions or reject the notice. If a late TEN is objected to by police or Environmental Health, the notice won’t be valid and you can’t hold the event.

Can I appeal if the TEN is refused?

You can appeal to your local magistrates’ court if you disagree with the licensing committee decision within 21 days, and at least 5 working days before the date of your event.

Do I have to display the notice at the event?

You must also display a copy of the notice where it can be easily seen and keep the original in a safe place where the event is held.

Are there any fines or penalties related to TEMPORARY Event Notices?


You could face prosecution if you breach the terms or conditions attached to the notice. You could also be fined if you make any false statements in your application.

If you carry out an activity that you should have a licence for (or allow your premises to be used for one) without a TEN and, you can be sent to prison for up to 6 months or fined or both.



We can help!

For a fixed fee we can do it all for you and can get your TEN right first time.

 Save time: TEN can be delayed due to basic errors

Save money: we will help to ensure the process will not need to be re-started.

Give peace of mind: we will make sure your TEN is correctly completed

Secure: we will ensure your TEN is served on the relevant Responsible Authorities

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