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Temporary Event Notice

What qualifies for a TEN

For the purpose of a TEN, a temporary event is a relatively small-scale event attracting fewer than 500 people.

The event must last no more than 168 hours and can be held either outdoors or indoors.

Any premises can only be used for 15 temporary events per year, up to a total maximum of 21 days.

You must be aged over 18 in order to hold a temporary event.

If you have a personal licence, you can give 50 TENs (made up of standard and late TENs) a year. If you don’t have a personal licence you can only give five (made up of standard and late TENs).

There must be at least 24 hours between temporary events organised by the same person or an associate in relation to the same premises.

Once the police or environmental health receive your TEN, they have three working days to make any objections to it on the grounds of any of the four licensing objectives:

  • prevention of crime and disorder
  • prevention of public nuisance
  • public safety
  • protection of children from harm

If they object, the council will organise a hearing to consider the evidence and may decide that your event cannot proceed. If there is an objection to a late TEN, the event will not be allowed to proceed. Otherwise, the event can go ahead as planned.

Late TENs

You can apply for a late TEN up to five working days before the event.

If you are organising separate but consecutive events, there must be at least a 24 hour gap between them.

If you don’t hold a personal licence, you can serve up to five notices (of which up to two may be late).

If you hold a personal licence, the limit is 50 notices (of which up to 10 may be late).

If you wish to apply for a licence and/or require further information visit the GOV.UK Temporary Event Notices page.

For fees, please visit our fees and price list page.

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