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Temporary event notice (TEN)

This is not a licence. 

There are two types of Temporary Event Notice:

  • Standard Notice is given no later than 10 working days before the event to which it relates; “Ten working days” (and other periods of days which apply to other requirements in relation to TENs) exclude the day the notice is received and the first day of the event. Working days are Monday to Friday excluding Christmas Day, Good Friday and other Bank Holidays. A notice that is given less than 10 working days before the event to which it relates, when the premises user has already given the permitted number of late TENs in that calendar year, will be returned as void and the activities described in it will be not be authorised
  • Late Notice is given up to five working days but no earlier than nine working days before the event is scheduled. A late TEN given less than five days before the event to which it relates will be returned as void and the activities to which it relates will not be authorised. Late TENs are intended to be used by premises users who are required for reasons outside their control to, for example, change the venue at short notice. They should not be used in exceptional circumstances. If there is an objection from either the police or local authority exercising environmental health functions, the event will not go ahead. In these circumstances there is no scope for a hearing or appeal and the licensing authority will issue the applicant with a counter notice

You will be required to apply for a temporary event notice (TEN) if you plan to:

  • hold a one off event and carry out a 'licensable activity' at an unlicensed premises
  • hold a one off event and carry out a 'licensable activity' at a licensed premises, if the event is not covered by the Premises Licence/Club Premises Certificate
  • if a licensable activity is not included in the terms of your licence (eg holding a wedding reception at a community centre)

Licensable activity includes:

  • selling alcohol
  • serving alcohol to members of a private club
  • providing entertainment (eg music, dancing or indoor sporting events)
  • serving hot food or drink between 11pm and 5am

Where the relevant licensable activities include the supply of alcohol, the notice must make it a condition of using the premises for such supplies, that all such supplies are made by or under the authority of the premises user (i.e. the person who applied for the TEN).

How to apply

You will need to fill in a temporary event notice application form (DOC 51KB / 13 pages).

Return the form to:

Licensing Team 
South Lakeland House
Lowther Street
LA9 4UP 

The fee is £21.00, please contact the Licensing Team on 01539 793 405 to make your card payment.

You should also send a copy to the police:

Cumbria Constabulary
Kendal Police Station
Busher Walk

You should also send a copy to:

Environmental Protection Group
Neighbourhood Services
South Lakeland House
Lowther Street
LA9 4UP 

TENs 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). This does not include the day it is received by the Licensing Authority, the day of the event, weekends or Bank Holidays.

There is nothing to prevent simultaneous notification of multiple events at a single time provided the restrictions on the use of TENs are observed.


Your event must:

  • have less than 500 people at any one time, including staff running the event
  • last no more than 168 hours or seven days

You must be at least 18 to apply.

You will need a TEN for each event you hold at the same place.

If you are a Personal Licence holder, you can submit up to 50 TEN applications and up to 10 Late TEN applications per calendar year. 

If you are not a Personal Licence holder, you can submit up to five TEN applications and up to two Late TEN applications per calendar year.

Only 15 TENs can be issued for any premises in any calendar year, with the total number of TENs not exceeding 21 days.

There must be at least 24 hours between events for TENs issued by the same person at a premises.

Withdrawing a TEN

A Temporary Event Notice may be withdrawn by the 'premises user' giving us a notice to that effect no later than 24 hours before the beginning of the event period specified in the temporary event notice. 

Refused applications  

The Police and our Environmental Health Officers have three working days in which to object to your application on the grounds of any of the four licensing objectives:

  • The Prevention of Crime and Disorder
  • Public Safety
  • The Prevention of Public Nuisance
  • The Protection of Children from Harm  

If an objection is received the licensing authority must hold a hearing to consider the objection.

The Licensing Authority can object to your application on the grounds that the number of TENs issued in any year for the premises or by the person has been exceeded.

If you do not have a TEN and carry out an activity that you should have a licence for (or allow your premises to be used for one), you can be fined, sent to prison for up to six months, or both.

Street parties

A TEN application to hold a street party should be made at least eight weeks before the proposed date of the party.

Applications received later might not be processed in time for you to finalise the arrangements.

Guide to organising a street party

Road closures

To apply for a road closure fill in our temporary road closure order application form (DOC 58KB / 2 pages).

Return the application form to our legal department.

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