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Temporary event notice (TEN)

What a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) is for, how to apply and what it costs.

When do I need a TEN?

TEN's can be applied for to permit temporary licensable activities, either in a premises or outside in an open space.

Licensable activities include:

  • Sale or supply of alcohol
  • Provision of regulated entertainment (for example,, performance of a play, exhibition of a film, indoor sporting event, performance of live music, playing of recorded music, performance of dance)
  • Provision of late night refreshment (that is the sale of hot food or drink at any time between 11pm - 5am)

How often can I apply for a TEN?

A personal licence holder will be able to give a TEN in relation to licensable activities on up to 50 occasions in a year. If you don't hold a personal licence the limit is 5 per year.

Both are subject to the limitation of 15 TENs in respect of the same premises. Anyone applying for a TEN must be aged 18 or over.

How to apply

Standard TENs

To apply for a standard TEN you must:

  • apply no later than 10 working days before the event is due to take place (this doesn't include the day the TEN is received by us).
  • provide 2 copies of the TEN to us, the licensing authority together with a £21 fee
  • provide a copy of the TEN to the local Police: Northern Licensing Office, Hanley Police Station, Bethesda Street, Hanley, Stoke on Trent, ST1 3DR.
  • provide a copy to the Environmental Health team at the council. The address is P.O Box 136, Buxton, SK17 1AQ.

If there are no representations from the Police or Environmental Health your application will automatically be granted. In limited circumstances conditions may be added to a TEN. The copy of the notice that you send to us will be endorsed as granted and returned to you.

Please note that the TEN document should either be on display or available for inspection if required, during the period of the event.  

Late TENs

The application is the same as a standard TEN (including the application form), but you must apply no later than 5 working days before the event is due to take place.

A non-personal licence holder may give up to two per year (that counts towards their 5) and personal licence holders may give up to ten (that counts towards their 50).

If the Police or Environmental Health Department object then the event will not go ahead.

Apply online for your Temporary Event Notice GOV.UK

Temporary Event Notice application form [255KB]