Temporary Event Notice

A Temporary Event Notice (TEN) may be submitted to authorise licensable activities for a limited period of time. Licensable activities which may be authorised by a TEN are:

  • the retail sale of alcohol, at any time

  • the provision of regulated entertainment, at any time

  • the provision of hot food or hot drink between 11pm and 5am


Under certain circumstances, entertainment including plays, dance, films, indoor sporting events and boxing or wrestling entertainment, are exempt from regulation.

Entertainment and circumstances where authorisation is not required:

  • plays - between 8am and 11pm each day (where attendance is 500 or less) 

  • dance - between 8am and 11pm each day (where attendance is 500 or less) 

  • films - screening of a not for profit film exhibition, held in community premises, between 8am and 11pm each day (where attendance is 500 or less)

  • indoor sporting events - between 8am and 11pm each day (where attendance is 1000 or less) 

  • boxing or wrestling - contest/exhibition or display of Greco-Roman wrestling, or freestyle wrestling between 8am and 11pm each day (where attendance is 1000 or less)  

Licensable activities in conjunction with exempt activities, such as sale of alcohol are not exempt, only the specific activities outlined above. For example, a play between 8am and 11pm with attendance of less than 500 people would not require a licence but any sales of alcohol taking place during the play would still need to be made under authority of a TEN or a premises licence. 

Please note that a TEN can only authorise licensable activities for events with an attendance of 499 people or less, including staff. 

Notice period

You must give 10 clear working days notice of a temporary event.

Alternatively, you may submit a late TEN giving between nine and five clear working days notice. Please note that the day on which the TEN is submitted and the date on which the event begins cannot form part of the notice period. Submission of late TENs is limited to two per premises per annum. 


Authorisation of a TEN is subject to certain limits. The premises user is permitted: 

  • 50 events per personal licence holder, five events per non-personal licence holder, per calendar year  

  • 499 people per event at any one time. The maximum number of people who may attend a temporary event at any one time is 499, but please note that this includes people working at the event such as bar staff, performers and stewards, as well as any audience or customers. 

  • 168 hours per event. A temporary event may last no longer than 168 hours from the start time (this is equivalent to seven days)

  • the maximum number of events per premises within a calendar year is 20

  • you are permitted 26 days, or part days, of temporary events per premises. Please note that in relation to a TEN, the 2003 Act defines a day as a period of 24 hours beginning at midnight, so if you hold a temporary event that continues beyond midnight (from 11pm until 1am the following morning for example), this counts as two days off the 26 day maximum per premises  

Exceeding the above permitted limits makes the premises user liable for prosecution. 


The fee for a TEN is £21. Please note you will require a debit or credit card for payment.

Application and guidance notes

Apply for a Broadland TEN

Apply for a South Norfolk TEN

Guidance notes can be found on the GOV.UK website.


Broadland District Council

Search our online register of applications made and licences issued under the Licensing Act 2003.

South Norfolk Council

The electronic licensing register is currently unavailable. A copy of the register is available for inspection on request, please email

Contact us

For further information on a Broadland District Council temporary event notice

For further information on a South Norfolk Council temporary event notice