Temporary event notices (TENs) can be used for occasional events which include the retail supply of alcohol and/or regulated entertainment
What you need to know before applying
If you wish to use a premises (including an outdoor space) for 1 or more licensable activities, for up to 499 people and for a period not exceeding a week, they must serve a temporary event notice on the licensing authority, police authority and environmental health unit (EHU).
The licensable activities are the:
sale by retail of alcohol
supply of alcohol by, or on behalf of a club to, or the order of, a member of a club
provision of regulated entertainment
provision of late night refreshment.
Please note: TENs must be served at least 10 working days prior to the event along with the fee. If you're uncertain whether you require a licence, please use GOV.UK's licence finder.
a premises user may give a TENs five times in a calendar year (January to December)
50 for personal licence holders
the maximum total duration of the events authorised by TENs in relation to individual premises is 21 days in a calendar year
a premises can have up to 15 notices per calendar year
the maximum duration of an event authorised by a TEN is 168 hours (7 days)
the minimum period between events authorised under separate TENs in relation to the same premises (not including withdrawn TENs) is 24 hours.
Late notices can be given no later than 5 working days but no earlier than 9 working days before the event.
Limits on Late TENs:
If the police or anti-social behaviour and environmental team give an objection to a late TEN, the notice will not be valid and the event will not go ahead as there is no scope for a hearing or the application of any existing conditions.
Non personal licence holders may give up to 2 late temporary event notices.
Personal licence holders may give up to 10 late temporary event notices per calendar year.
Late TENs count towards the overall entitlement for the calendar year.
TENs increased for 2022 and 2023
The Alcohol Licensing (Coronavirus) (Regulatory Easements) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 have now been approved by Parliament and are in force.
The regulations have amended the licensing act limits, increasing the allowance for temporary event notices from 15 to 20. They also increase the maximum number of days on which temporary events may be held, from 21 to 26.
This increase only applies in the years 2022 and 2023.
What happens next
If your application is not processed by Hillingdon Council within the timescale stated, tacit consent applies. This means that you'll be able to act as though your application is granted if you've not heard from Hillingdon Council by the end of the target completion period.