Licensing Act 2003 - Temporary Event Notices

Licensing Act 2003 - Temporary Event Notices

A Temporary Event Notice can (TEN) be used to authorise licensable activities (regulated entertainment, the sale or supply of alcohol and late night refreshment) on a temporary basis.

You must be 18 years or older to give a TEN and can give a maximum of five per year (of which 2 can be late TENs).

If you are a personal licence holder, you can give a maximum of 50 per year (of which 10 can be late TENs). Your event must involve no more than 499 people at any one time and last no more than 168 hours (7 days) with a minimum of 24 hours between events.

There are a number of limits in respect of TEN’s which include:

  • No more than 499 people will be in attendance
  • The event must not last for more than 168 hours (7 days)
  • Only 15 TEN’s can be issued for any premises in a calendar year
  • The total number of days in which a TEN is in force cannot exceed 21 in any calendar year
  • There must be at least 24 hours between events for TEN’s issued by the same person at a premises
  • TEN’s must be received by both the Licensing Authority, Environmental health and the Police at least 10 clear working days before the event is to take place (unless a late notice is issued – see below). This does not include the day it is received by the Licensing Authority, the day of the event, weekends or bank holidays.
  • ‘Late’ notices can be submitted by giving no later than 5 working days and no earlier than 9 working days before the event. Any TEN served giving less than 5 working days will automatically be rejected.
  • An individual (and any associates) can only be issued 5 TEN’s in any calendar year (50 for those who hold a personal license under the Licensing Act 2003)
  • The number of late notices that can be given in any one calendar year is limited to 10 for personal licence holders and 2 for non-personal licence holders. These count towards the total number of TEN’s.

Guidance Notes

Temporary Event Notice Flow Chart

How to apply

Apply online


Fee of £21

To apply by post

Will Tacit Consent apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard by the end of the target completion period which is 10 days from the date of submission of all correct and relevant information.

Contact Details: Licensing Authority, Public Safety and Regulation, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8QH

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