Temporary Event Notices (TENs)
Temporary Event Notices (TENs)

The following Local Government guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Temporary Event Notices (TENs)
  • What is a Temporary Event Notice (TEN)?
  • What are the limitations in using a TEN?
  • Standard and late notice
  • Form of Notice
  • Objections, amendments, withdrawals and appeals

What is a Temporary Event Notice (TEN)?

Consistent with the progressive deregulation of the licensing regime, no actual permission is required by the Licensing Act 2003 (LA 2003) to carry out a licensable activity on a temporary basis. An applicant must give notice of his intentions to operate a licensable activity, temporarily to the relevant licensing authority (LA 2003, s 99). The notice given is referred to as a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) (LA 2003, s 100). LA 2003, s 99–100

The licensable activity is considered to be 'permitted temporary activity' by virtue of Part 5 of the LA 2003 and the licensing authority can only intervene in limited circumstances if the notice is incorrect, does not comply with the statutory requirements on notice (ie acknowledgement, withdrawal or counter notices) , or the maximum number of events has been exceeded.LA 2003, s 98

What are the limitations in using a TEN?

There are certain limiting criteria that apply to the use of TENs:

  1. the person giving the TEN, the 'premises user' must be over 18 years oldLA 2003, s 100(3)

  2. personal licence holders may give up to 50 notices per calender year (ie 50 temporary events including 10 late notices per year)LA 2003, s 100

  3. non personal licence holders may only give up to five notices per calender year (ie five temporary events including two late notices per year)

  4. each event may last no more than 168 hoursLA 2003, s 100(1)

  5. there must be more than 24 hours between each relevant event applied for by the applicant or an associateLA 2003, s 101