Temporary Event Notice (TEN)


A Temporary Event Notice (TEN) is given by an individual (a premises user) and authorises the premises user to conduct one or more licensable activities at a premises for no more than 168 hours (21 days).

TENs can be used to authorise relatively small-scale ad hoc events held in or on any premises involving no more then 499 people at any one time, subject to certain restrictions.

Temporary event notices (TENs) can be given to permit any or all of the following:

  • The sale of alcohol
  • The supply of alcohol to members of a registered club
  • Provision of late night refreshment - hot food or hot drink at any time after 23:00 or before 05:00.
  • Entertainment which is defined as:
    1. a performance of a play
    2. an exhibition of a film
    3. an indoor sporting event
    4. a boxing or wrestling entertainment
    5. a performance of live music
    6. any playing of recorded music
    7. a performance of dance
    8. entertainment of a similar description to that falling within paragraphs (5), (6) or (7), where the entertainment takes place in the presence of an audience and is provided for the purpose, or for purposes which include the purpose, of entertaining that audience 

The Alcohol Licensing and the Entertainment Licensing sections of the gov.uk website provides further information on whether a licence is required.

Important Information - please read before submitting a TEN:

A Temporary Event Notice must be given in writing to the Licensing Department, the Environmental Health Department and the Police.

There are two types of Temporary Even Notices: standard and late. A standard Temporary Event Notice can be given no later than 10 working days before the event. A late Temporary Event Notice can be given no later than 5 working days before the event, excluding the day the notice is received and the first day of the event.

The number of notices that can be given by a personal licence holder is limited to 50 standard Temporary Event Notices or 10 late Temporary Event Notices. For any other person, it is limited to 5 standard Temporary Event Notices or 2 late Temporary Event Notices. Any notices received after that period will not be valid and any licensable activities carried on would be unlawful.

Section 193 of the Act defines "working day" as any day other than a Saturday, a Sunday, Christmas Day, Good Friday, or a day which is a bank holiday under the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 in England and Wales.

Please ensure that you attach enough postage to the envelope. Some letters are held by the post office for unpaid deficient postage and may be delivered too late for the TEN to be valid. An A4 envelope is classed as a Large Letter and should carry the appropriate postage.

The notice must be sent to the following address, accompanied by a fee of £21 (all cheques made payable to Winchester City Council):-

Licensing Department
Winchester City Council
City Offices
Colebrook Street
SO23 9LJ

One copy must be sent to the Environmental Health Department at:

Environmental Protection
Winchester City Council
City Offices
Colebrook Street
SO23 9LJ

One copy must be sent to the Police at:

From 5 November 2015, all copies must be sent to the Police at:

Alcohol and Entertainment Licensing Officer
Bishops Waltham Police Station
Hoe Road
Bishops Waltham
SO32 1DS

An application form for the above is available to download below. Please note that if you wish to fill the form in electronically, you can do this by downloading the Word document. To fill the form in manually, please download the adobe version below.

Please note, applications made online through the GOV.UK website do not require a copy of the application to be sent to the Police and Environmental Health. This will be done by the Licensing department once it is received.

Changes from 1 January 2016

From 1 January 2016, the number of TEN's that can be held at single premises will increase from 12 to 15 per year.