A Temporary Event Notice (or TEN) is required where you wish to undertake temporary licensable activity on unlicensed premises or where the activity is outside the scope of an existing Premises Licence.

They are generally designed for small scale ‘one-off’ events.  

Notice must be given to the licensing authority, the police and environmental health. In general only the police or environmental health can intervene to prevent such an event from taking place.

There are limits on the number of TENs that can be granted. These can be confusing and are often misinterpreted. We have set out some key facts below:


  • 18 years – The minimum age to be eligible to apply for a TEN.


  • 50 – The number of TENs you can give in a year (1 January to 31 December), if you are a personal licence holder.
  • 5 – The number of TENs you can give in a year (1 January to 31 December), if you are not a personal licence holder.
  • 12 – The number of times a temporary event notice may be given in respect of any particular premises in a calendar year. No more than 12 TENs may be given relating to the same premises in any calendar year. 
  • 15 – Any one premises can only have permitted temporary events for up to a total of 15 different days in any one calendar year. [Note: if the event is over a period of 96 hours e.g. Monday to Thursday, and permitted activities take place on Monday and Thursday you will use up 4 days of the 15 day allowance.]


  • 96 hours – The maximum hours permitted for the particular premise.
  • 168 hours – The event must last no more than 168 hours (7 days).
  • 21 days – The maximum aggregate duration of the periods covered by TEN at any individual 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.
  • 24 hours – At least 24 hours must elapse between different events at the premises for which you or your associate give a TEN. 


  • 500 people – No more than 499 people can attend including staff.


  • You must use a standard form and give the TEN to the Council and Police.
  • 10 working days – You must apply at least 10 clear working days before your event. Working days do not include public holidays.
  • £21 – You will have to pay a fee of £21.
  • 2 copies – You must send a copy of the TEN to the police and environmental health at least 10 working days before the event. If you apply online, the council will contact the police and environmental health for you.

Late Temporary Event Notice

  • 5 working days – 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).
  • 10 – The number of late TEN you are entitled to give in a year (1 January to 31 December), if you are a personal licence holder.
  • 2 – The number of late TEN you are entitled to give in a year (1 January to 31 December), if you are not a personal licence holder.

[Note: Late TENs count towards the total number of permitted TENs.]


  • The council cannot refuse a notice unless the police or environmental health object to it. 
  • 3 working days – objections must be made by police or environment health within 3 working days of receiving a TEN. 
  • 24 hours – If there’s an objection, your council’s licensing committee will hold a hearing no later than 24 hours before the event (unless all parties agree that a hearing is not needed).
  • At the hearing, the committee will either approve, add conditions or reject the notice.

[Note: If the police or environmental health object to a late TEN, the notice will not be valid and you cannot hold the event.]


  • 21 days – If you disagree with the licensing committee’s decision, you can appeal to your local magistrates’ court within 21 days. 
  • 5 working days – You must do this at least 5 working days before the date of your event.

Withdrawing a TEN

  • 24 hours – You must send the Council a notice in writing to that effect at least 24 hours before the start of the event. 
  • A withdrawn temporary event notice will not count towards your allocation of TENs for that calendar year.

Offences and penalties

  • An offence is committed if:
    • a temporary event takes place which involves a licensed activity other than in accordance with a valid TEN given to the Council and the police.
    • the event takes place after a counter notice has been issued.
    • the event continues after a closure order has been given by the Police
    • a copy of the TEN is not displayed or available at the event Offenders may face fines up to £20,000 or imprisonment.

How can we help

At TV Edwards we have been advising clients on submitting Tens for decades.  We can advise you on how to get the most out of your TENs and we can help get your events up and running by negotiating with the licensing authorities, Police or Environmental health if objections arise. 

Temporary Event Notice Fees

We almost always offer fixed fee advice on submitting TENS.  Our fees vary depending on the amount of time we anticipate spending on the application.  Typical fees might range between £200 and £750 plus VAT.

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