Temporary event notice
If you’re organising a temporary event and want to serve or sell alcohol, provide late night refreshment, or put on regulated entertainment, you’ll need to complete a temporary event notice (TEN).
For the purpose of a TEN, a temporary event is a relatively small-scale event attracting fewer than 500 people and lasting no more than 168 hours.
When you need a TEN
You need a TEN if:
- alcohol is sold at your event
- entertainment continues after 11pm
- food and drink are served after 11pm
Find out more about TENs including refusals and how to appeal a refusal.
Before you start
You must submit your TEN application at least 10 working days before the event. This period does not include the day of receipt by the Licensing Team or the day of the event. We advise that you submit your application as soon as you can to avoid refusal of the application and cancellation of the event.
We will inform the Police and Environmental Health Department when we receive your notice.
How many TENs you can apply for
You can apply for up to 5 temporary event notices per year without the need for a personal licence. There must be at least 24 hours between events.
Personal licence holders can apply for up to 50 temporary event notices per year for events at premises with no licence or for premises with a licence, where the licence does not cover planned activities.
No premises will be granted more than 15 temporary event notices per year or for a total of more than 21 days per year.
Read the TEN guidance notes for more information.
Temporary event notice fees
TEN licence fees
|Application or notice||Fee|
|Temporary event notice
|Replacement of a temporary event notice (due to theft or loss)
Apply for a TEN
If your event is for over 30 people you need to submit a COVID-19 risk assessment with your application. Email your local office as shown below.
Failure to do this within 3 days of submitting your application may result in an objection being served against your application.
Find out more about COVID-19 risk assessments.
Select the area in which your event is taking place:
I don't know my area
If you don't know the area, you can view the area map.
Tacit consent applies to TENs. Tacit consent applies to some licences and means that you can act as if your application has been granted if you do not receive your acknowledgment letter within a certain time after we confirm we have received your application.
Contact the relevant office for the area in which you're applying for a TEN.