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Temporary Event Notices

Are you arranging a special event? (wedding, birthday party, charity event) Does it include, for example, selling alcohol or live music. Do you require a licence

Licence summary

If you wish to hold an ad-hoc event in England or Wales, you must give a temporary event notice (TEN) to the local licensing authority no later than ten working days before the event. If the premises where the event is to be held is in areas governed by two or more local authorities applications must be made to each.

You must also give a copy of the notice to the police and Environmental Health section no later than ten working days before the event. Please note that if you serve a Temporary Event Notice online via the Gov.uk service, the Licensing Authority are responsible for serving the TEN on the police and Environmental Health Section.  However, if a TEN is served by post, email or by hand then it is the responsibility of the applicant to serve copies of the TEN on the police and Environmental Health.  Please note: The details of addresses of Licensing, Environmental Health and the police for the Teignbridge area are contained within the download Request for Temporary Event Notice under the 'Downloads' section of the page.

You must be 18 years or older to give a TEN and can give a maximum of five TENs per year. If you are a personal licence holder, you can give a maximum of 50 TENs per year.

Your event must involve no more than 499 people at any one time and last no more than 168 hours with a minimum of 24 hours between events.

Eligibility Criteria

An activity that can be licensed must be carried out as detailed in a notice that must be given.

The notice must be in a specific format and must be made by someone over 18 years of age.

The notice should contain:

  • if alcohol is to be supplied, a statement confirming that it is a condition of using the premises that the supplies are made under the premises user's authority
  • a statement relating to certain matters
  • any other required information

The matters referred to above are:

  • details of the licensable activities
  • the event period
  • the times when during that period the activities will take place
  • the maximum number of people proposed to be allowed on the premises
  • any other required matters
Regulation Summary

A summary of the eligibility criteria for this licence Temporary Event Notice Regulation Summary

Application Evaluation Process

The TEN must be given in writing, in duplicate, to the local authority at least ten working days before the event. A fee of £21 is payable with the notice.

The licensing authority will acknowledge receipt of the notice by giving a notice to the premises user before the end of the first working day it was received or before the end of the second working day if the day the notice was received is not a working day.

The premises user must also give notice to the chief officer of the local police department and the local authority exercising environmental health functions for the area in which the premises are situated no later than ten working days before the event period.

The chief police officer and the local authority exercising environmental health functions for the area in which the premises are situated who receive a notice and believes that the event would undermine any of the four licensing objectives can serve an objection notice on the licensing authority and the premises user. This notice must be served within 48 hours of receipt of the temporary event notice.

The licensing authority must hold a hearing if an objection notice is served. They may issue a counter notice if it considers it necessary for the promotion of crime prevention objective. A decision must be made at least 24 hours before the beginning of the event.

A police chief and the local authority exercising environmental health functions for the area in which the premises are situated may modify the TEN with the consent of the premises user. In such a case an objection notice will be deemed to have been withdrawn.

Counter notices may be provided by the licensing authority if the number of permitted TENs has been exceeded.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the licensing authority within a reasonable period, please Contact Licensing.

Apply online

Application for a Temporary Event Notice

Failed Application Redress

Please contact the Licensing Authority in the first instance.

If a counter notice is given in relation to an objection notice the applicant may appeal against the decision. Appeals must be made to the local Magistrates' court within 21 days. An appeal may not be brought later than five working days from the day of the planned event.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact the Licensing Authority in the first instance.

Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other Redress

If a licensing authority decides not to issue a counter notice in relation to an objection notice the chief police officer can appeal the decision. Appeals must be made to the local Magistrates' court within 21 days. An appeal may not be brought later than five working days from the day of the planned event.

Trade Associations

National Outdoor Events Association (NDEA)

Society of Event Organisers (SEO)

Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA)

TSNN Online Directory