Temporary Event Notices

A Temporary Event Notice, or TEN, is required for anyone wishing to carry out one or more licencable activity; either on unlicensed premises, or on a licensed premise when the activity is outside the scope of an existing licence, for example longer hours than is authorised under the licence.

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TENs were introduced to cater for one-off events, especially where the sale of alcohol is proposed to take place either in relation to a premises (either indoors or outdoors) that isn’t licensed, or one that is where the existing terms of the licence are not sufficient for the purposes of the event; usually the permitted hours or the area for licencable activity.

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  • Late licences, entertainment or outside events at licensed premises
  • A licence for an event at a village hall or community centre
  • Festivals where entertainment takes place and/or alcohol or late night refreshment will be served
Duncan Craig
Duncan Craig

The events do not need to be special occasions, but they do need to comply with certain requirements:

  • Any applicant must be an individual of 18 or over
  • A maximum of 499 attendees (this figure includes any staff or performers)
  • A maximum of seven days, with at least a 24-hour gap until the next event at the same premises for the same event holder
  • An individual who isn’t a personal licence holder can apply for a maximum of 5 TENs a year (50 if you are a personal licence holder)
  • A single premise can have up to 15 Temporary Events in a single calendar year, as long as the total length of the events is not more than 21 days.
  • The TEN application must be submitted at least eleven clear working days before the event, unless it is a ‘Late TEN’ where it needs to be submitted at least six clear working days in advance. There is a further restriction on the number of late TENs a year that can be submitted
  • Where there is an objection from the Police or Environmental Health to a TEN, conditions can be imposed on the event.

Once a TEN is applied for and there are no objections from the Police or Environmental Health within three working days of submission, then no further permission or authorisation is necessary. The Licensing Authority simply has to acknowledge the notice by signing it and sending it back to the applicant, thereby giving authority for the event to go ahead.

How to obtain a TEN

Most local councils have the facility to apply for a TEN online. This means that when you submit the form it will automatically be served upon the local Police and Environmental Health.

You can apply for a Temporary Event Notice here, with Duncan Craig. We’ll complete your TEN for you and refund the fee against further work. You will need to answer some basic questions and send it to us. We will check the answers, complete the application form and send it with the appropriate fee and documentation to the Local Authority.

Sign up for our ‘TOP TENs’ service and we will email or text you a reminder as key TEN deadlines approach. We’ll also offer a service to complete your TEN for you and refund the fee against further work.

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TOP TENs: Upcoming Event Deadlines

Register for the TOP TENs service and we will email or SMS you a reminder of upcoming TEN deadlines.

This system alerts you to upcoming events and helps you to remember to ask us to issue a TEN. You will receive notification one month before the deadline for the standard TEN for the event and you should ask us to submit your TEN as soon as possible. Alerts will be sent for:

  • Annual Occasions, e.g. St Patricks Day
  • Christmas and New Year period
  • UK Bank Holidays
  • Major sporting events that may require additional hours e.g overseas test matches, boxing and world cups.
  • One off events e.g. Royal occasion holidays
Public holidays Date of occasion Date of submission
Standard TEN Late TEN
Christmas Day 25 Dec 2019 10 Dec 2019 17 Dec 2019
Boxing Day 26 Dec 2019 10 Dec 2019 17 Dec 2019
New Years Eve 31 Dec 2019 12 Dec 2019 19 Dec 2019
New Years Day 1 Jan 2020 13 Dec 2019 20 Dec 2019
Good Friday 10 Apr 2020 26 Mar 2020 2 Apr 2020
Easter Monday 13 Apr 2020 26 Mar 2020 2 Apr 2020
Early May bank holiday (VE day) 8 May 2020 23 Apr 2020 30 Apr 2020
Spring bank holiday 25 May 2020 7 May 2020 15 May 2020
Summer bank holiday 31 Aug 2020 14 Aug 2020 21 Aug 2020
Christmas Day 25 Dec 2020 10 Dec 2020 17 Dec 2020
Boxing Day (substitute day) 28 Dec 2020 10 Dec 2020 17 Dec 2020
Sporting Events
Super Bowl 2 Feb 17 Jan 2020 24 Jan 2020
Rugby Union Six Nations 1 Feb - Mar 14
US Masters Golf 9-12 Apr 25 Mar 2020 1 Apr 2020
FA Cup Final 23 May 7 May 2020 15 May 2020
UEFA Champions League Final 30 May 14 May 2020 21 May 2020
Euro 2020 12 Jun - 12 Jul
Summer Olympics 24 Jul - 9 Aug
Ryder Cup 25-27 Sep 10 Sep 2020 17 Sep 2020