Temporary Event Notice
Last updated: 07/01/2014
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If you are planning an event where there will be entertainment,
alcohol for sale, or hot food or drink for sale (between 23:00
and 05:00), you probably need to submit a Temporary Event
A Temporary Event Notice (TEN) can be given by an individual (a
premises user) and authorises the premises user to conduct one or
more licensable activities at premises for no more than 168 hours.
TENs can be used to authorise relatively small-scale ad hoc events
held in or on any premises involving less than 500 people at any
one time, subject to certain restrictions. A TEN costs
A TEN can be used to authorise an event outside of the terms of
an existing premises licence or to provide authority for an event
where there is no existing premises licence. There are a
number of restrictions/limitations which are set out below.
Providing the notice meets the criteria laid down in the
Licensing Act, the event will go ahead unless a counter notice is
served, usually following objections from the police or
A TEN can be used instead of a premises licence for events
involving the following licensable activities:
- Plays or films
- Indoor sporting events, boxing, wrestling
- Live/recorded music
- Performance of dance
- Sale/supply of alcohol
- Provision of late night refreshment (hot food and drink between
You can submit and pay for a TEN online by following the
Submit a Temporary Event Notice online
The Act requires at least ten clear working days notice to the
Licensing Authority when submitting a TEN - please see below for
information on late TENs. Ten clear working days excludes the
day the notice is received, the day of the event, weekends and bank
For postal applications, you can download a temporary
event notice form and TEN guidance
notes. Please see the addresses below for your local
licensing office (TENs cannot be faxed or emailed). A fee of
£21 for each event must accompany the notice to the council.
Cheques should be made payable to Cornwall Council.
How does it work?
Limitations on events under a TEN
- No more than 499 people on the premises at any one time
for each event
- A TEN event can last up to 168 hours
- Each premises can hold no more than 12 TEN events per year
- Maximum total period covered by a TEN at any premises
is 21 days per year
- Must be a minimum of 24 hours between each event notified
by the same event organiser at any premises
- Multiple TENS can be submitted at the same time but each event
is a separate TEN with a separate fee payable. The limits set
out above cannot be exceeded.
- Anyone over the age of 18 can submit a maximum of 5 TENs per
- Personal Licence Holders can submit a maximum of 50 TENs per
A TEN is treated as being from the same premises user even if it
is given by an associate. The Act defines an associate as being a
spouse, child, parent, grandchild, grandparent, brother or sister
or their spouses, or agent or employee of that person or their
If the premises user or an associate has submitted too many
notices and the limits are exceeded, then the Licensing Service
must issue a counter notice.
Provided that the criteria set out above are met, only the
police or Environmental Protection may object to an event
covered by a TEN.
In circumstances where the above criteria are not met, the
Licensing Service must reject the TEN and the event will not be
allowed to go ahead.
Where a TEN authorises the supply of alcohol, the notice
contains a statement confirming that all such supplies are made by
or under the authority of the premises user.
Amongst other things, a TEN must also provide details of the
- details of the licensable activities
- the location of the event and how long it will last
- the times when licensable activities will take place
- the maximum number of people to be allowed on the premises at
any one time
Where premises are hired out to
organisations/individuals for their own events, premises
owners/operators must be aware that TENs submitted by such persons
will be counted under the limits set down in
the Act. We recommend that a booking agreement
is used to ensure that all TENs made in respect of a premises are
made with the agreement of the premises owner/operator.
You cannot exceed the times or dates you have specified in your
If the premises where the event is to be held straddles two or
more local authority areas, then the a TEN must be served on each
Please note authorisation under the Licensing Act 2003 by way of
a Temporary Event Notice does not remove the requirement for the
event organiser to ensure that the owner of the land in which the
event is to take place also gives their consent.
relating to Temporary Event Notices.
For paper applications, a copy of the TEN must be
served on Cornwall Council together with the £21.00 fee (please
make cheques payable to Cornwall Council). You must also
serve one copy of the form on the Chief Officer of Police
(see address below) and one copy on Environmental Protection (see
To avoid any delay in processing your notice,
please submit TENs to the area office (listed below) nearest to
where your event will take place. Only the following
offices deal with TENs and your notice could be delayed if you
submit it to County Hall in Truro.
Camborne, TR14 8SX
Tel. 01209 614440
The Penzance licensing team have relocated to Camborne -
please send your TEN to the Camborne address above.
Higher Trenant Road
Wadebridge, PL27 6TW
Tel. 01208 893157
TENs for the former Caradon area are now being dealt with by the
Wadebridge office – if you previously sent your TEN to Liskeard,
please now send it to the Wadebridge address.
39 Penwinnick Road
St Austell, PL25 5DR
Tel. 01726 223638
The Truro licensing team have relocated to St Austell - please
send your TEN to the St Austell address above.
TENs for the Falmouth and Penryn area are now dealt with by the
Camborne office - please send these TENs to the Camborne address
Please send your TEN to the Police at the following address:
Launceston Police Station
Please send your TEN to Environmental Protection at the
The Act requires at least ten clear working days notice to the
licensing authority, the police and environmental protection when
submitting a TEN. Ten clear working days excludes the day the
notice is received and the day of the event. Working days are
Monday to Friday excluding Bank and Public Holidays. If you
have any doubts about the deadline for your TEN submission, please
contact the Licensing Service for advice.
The rules for submitting TENs have been changed to allow us
to accept TENs sent later than ten clear working days before the
event. We can accept a late TEN provided that you send it to
us, the police and environmental protection no later than five
clear working days before the event. However if either the
police or environmental protection object, the event will not
be permitted and there is no hearing or appeal process.
There are limits on the number of late TENs you can
submit. Anyone over the age of 18 can submit two late TENs in
a calendar year. Personal licence holders can submit 10 late
TENs per calendar year.
Although the rules have changed, we still recommend you submit
your TEN in plenty of time. Please contact us if you are
unsure of the deadline for your event.
The Licensing Service will acknowledge receipt of a
Temporary Event Notice by way of an e-mail or letter. The Licensing
Service will no longer be returning a copy of the notice to the
notice giver unless specifically asked to do so; it is the notice
giver's responsibility to keep a copy of their
Tacit consent applies to Temporary Event Notices. This
means that when you correctly submit a notice, you can assume that
it will be acknowledged and the event can go ahead. If you do
not receive an acknowledgement from the Council within a week of
submitting a notice, you should contact your local licensing
If the police or environmental protection believe that allowing
the event will undermine any of the licensing objectives
(prevention of crime and disorder, prevention of public
nuisance, public safety or protection of children from harm), they
must give the premises user and Cornwall Council an objection
notice. Objections must be made within three working days of
receiving the TEN.
With the agreement of the premises user, the police or
environmental protection can modify the TEN.
If no agreement is reached, Cornwall Council must hold a hearing
to consider the notice at least 24 hrs before the event. The
Councillors may decide to allow the event to go ahead as stated in
the notice. If the premises already has a premises licence or club
premises certificate, existing conditions can be applied to
the TEN. Alternatively the sub committee can decide that the event
would undermine the licensing objectives and should not take
place. In this case, the Council must issue a counter
notice. The Licensing Service will issue a hearing decision
notice giving details of the reason for the decision made.
Before you serve a TEN, it might be advisable to seek
advice from the Police or Environmental Protection. Guidance from Environmental Protection.
What means of redress are
An appeal process is available to the premises user, the police
and environmental protection, if they are not satisfied with the
decision of the licensing sub committee.
Any appeal must be lodged at the local Magistrates' Court within
21 days of the date the hearing decision was made. However, no
appeal may be brought later than five working days before the first
day of the event.
If you have a complaint about the way your temporary event
notice was processed, please contact the Licensing Service in the
If you have a problem with an event operating under a temporary
event notice, we recommend you contact the organiser directly to
try to resolve the dispute. If this is not successful then
licensing services may be able to help or have a look on the
Citizens Advice Bureau
‘Advice Guide’ webpages, or the UK European Consumer Centre if you
live outside the UK.