Temporary Event Notices (TENs)

Those brought up on the old style licensing regime will remember occasional licences and how difficult they often were to obtain.

Under the Licensing Act 2003 there is a process known as giving a Temporary Event Notice or TEN.

A Temporary Event Notice can be used for many purposes:

  • Extending existing trading hours for a limited period
  • Adding regulated activities to an existing licence for fixed events
  • Authorising licensable activities at a venue without any existing licence e.g. parties, shows, events

Whereas most people can give a TEN there are restrictions including on how many notices they can give, the number for any one premises, the duration of the licensed activities and the gaps between TENs.

Most TEN’s must be given at least 10 working days before the event, although there is limited scope for a Late Temporary Event Notice (known as a Late TEN) which requires only 5 working days notice. The golden rule is to contact us as early as possible.

We offer a short guide on TENs which can be downloaded here

Whilst most councils now allow the Notice to be given online this is a procedure which many find confusing and difficult. The rules and regulations surrounding the Notice are detailed and pitfalls for the unwary. We can guide you through this procedure and give you tips on how to avoid problems.

Contact us for more information

The Licensing and Gambling Law team

Peter Adkins

Director of Regulatory Services

Hannah Lloyd


Sharon MacDonald

PA to Commercial Litgation


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