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Temporary event notice

You will need to apply for a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) if you wish to hold a temporary event or function for entertainment purposes and alcohol sales that last for fewer than seven consecutive days and there will be less than 499 people attending.

Applications must be received 10 working days before the event is due to take place. You can also submit an application between five and nine workings days prior to the event. This would be classed as a late TEN.

Due to Coronavirus we will accept a Temporary Event Notice without payment for a different date providing that you inform us that the event is being postponed.  This will be subject to the statutory consultation with the Police and Environmental Health.  We will not issue a refund for any cancelled event.

If you need to postpone your event due to the Covid-19 outbreak, you need to check your licence. Most premises licenses will be issued in perpetuity and can therefore be used at any time in the future. Some premises licences however may be time limited. If your premises licence is time limited used for different dates. On the front page of your licence please refer to the section that read “Where the licence is time limited the dates”.

Number of TEN’s allowed per calendar year

Type of applicant Number of TENs allowed
Non-personal licence holder 5 (of which 2 can be late TENs)
Personal licence holder 50 (of which 10 can be late TENs)

There is a limit that each premises can only be covered by TEN’s on up to 15 occasions per year (that amount to no more than 21 days in total).

Do I need to apply for a TEN for my event?

Type of event Licence required Licence not required
Raffle with alcohol as a prize - No
Providing the alcohol is in sealed containers
Tombola with bottles of alcohol as prizes - No
Providing the alcohol is in sealed containers
Private birthday party/wedding. Alcohol being sold at a pay bar Yes
A licence would also be required for any regulated entertainment
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Private birthday party/wedding. Alcohol being provided free of charge - No for the alcohol
A licence may be required for regulated entertainment
Charity event ticket only. With alcohol included in the ticket price Yes
A licence would also be required if there was any regulated entertainment
-
Any event with a pay bar Yes
Sale of alcohol
-
Bring your own alcohol to an event e.g. quiz evening - No
Providing that there is no corkage fee
Rural cinema/film showings Yes
Films are licensable entertainment unless the films are purely educational
-
Any event with entertainment e.g. disco, band Yes
If the event is a private event then a licence is not needed unless the purpose of the event is to make a profit - this includes fund raising for charitable purposes
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Race nights Yes
Comes under the showing of films. If there is any financial gain taking place you will need to seek advice under the Gambling Act 2005. Don't forget if you have alcohol sales you will require a licence
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Poker nights Yes
Would only require a TEN if there are alcohol sales or entertainment taking place.  There are very strict guidelines in place for poker under the Gambling Act 2005. Please contact us for more information
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Mulled wine at a Christmas event Yes
If the wine is alcoholic and being sold, either by ticket, donation or cash
No
If being given away or the wine is non-alcoholic
Late night refreshment
The sale of hot food and/or hot drinks between 11pm and 5am
Yes -
Children's birthday party Yes
If music and dancing are being held
No
If no music or dancing
Theatre Yes -
Ballet show Yes -

How to apply

Before applying, read the Temporary Event Notice guidance notes for details of how to apply, the eligibility criteria, fees and the documentation you will need to provide.

You can apply by downloading an application form from the link below and sending a copy to the licensing function and operational services at the council and the police.

Or you can apply online below. NOTE: if you apply online the responsibility lies with the Licensing Authority to serve copies of the application to the relevant authorities.

Apply for a TEN

Fee

The fee for a temporary event notice is £21.

What happens next

The TEN will be acknowledged the same day that we receive the application.  The responsible authorities have three working days to serve an objection notice if they feel that there will be an adverse impact on the licensing objectives.  If the application has not received an objection after three working days the application is deemed as granted.

If an objection notice is received against a standard TEN, a licensing committee will meet to determine the application.  If an objection is made against a late TEN, the event cannot go ahead and no appeal can be made.