Temporary Event Notices (TEN)

A Temporary Event Notice (TEN) can be used to provide licensable activities on a temporary basis or to temporarily extend the hours of existing licences.

Due to Central Government deregulation you may not need a TEN, please read our Deregulation of Licensable Activities FAQs [31KB] for more information.

You must be 18 or older to give a temporary event notice. A temporary event notice can be for any premises, including open spaces.

Notices are subject to various limits:

  • a capacity of no more than 499 people
  • a notice can last for seven days but can't cover more than 26 days in a year
  • there must be a 24-hour gap between each temporary event notice
  • premises can only have 20 temporary event notices in a year
  • personal licence holders can give 50 temporary event notices in a calendar year (10 of which can be 'late' notices)
  • everybody else can give five temporary events notices in a calendar year (two of which can be 'late')

Normally, temporary events notices are served with at least 10 clear working days' notice. A 'late' notice is one given with five to nine clear working days' notice.

Apply for a Temporary Event Notice

You can apply for a Temporary Event Notice online.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to apply by post, please download the Temporary Event Notice Form [56KB] complete and return to East Herts Council, Community Safety & Licensing, Wallfields, Pegs Lane, Hertford, SG13 8EQ.

Notices not submitted online must be copied to the Licensing Authority, the Police and the council's Environmental Health team. Copies must be served at the same time. If you apply online this is done automatically.

The notice costs £21.

Your notice will be granted if you do not hear from us within three working days after submitting your application. A signed acknowledgement will be sent to you and this should be available when the event takes place. For further guidance, please see our Guidance Notes to Premises Users serving Temporary Event Notices [31KB]


There is a consultation period of three working days. Any objection to a normal notice will need a hearing to decide if the event can go ahead. Objections to a 'late' temporary events notice mean it is refused.

Only the Police and Environmental Health can object, there is no public consultation.

Unsuccessful applicants and objectors may appeal to the magistrates' court within 21 days of the decision but there are no appeals against decisions on 'late' notices.