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 (7 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.

Please read our guidance document for premises users who plan to submit a TEN to hold an event during the coronavirus pandemic. This document includes advice on information to provide with your application for both the Police and Environmental Health to consider in determining their response to your submission.

  • How to apply

    A Temporary Event Notice must be given to the Licensing Authority using the statutory application form, preferably using the online facility. If you wish to apply by post, please contact the Licensing Department for a paper copy of the application form.

    There are two types of Temporary Event 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.

    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.

    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.

    No more than 15 Temporary Event Notices may be held at any one premises in a calendar year.

    If the notice is submitted by post, it must be sent to the following address, accompanied by a fee of £21. All cheques must be made payable to Winchester City Council, or online payment can be made here under 'Miscellaneous Payments'.

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

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

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

    One copy must be sent to the Police at:

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

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

  • Activities permitted under a Temporary Event Notice

    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.

  • Objections

    Both the Police and the Environmental Health Department may submit objections to your Temporary Event Notice. If an objection is received in respect of a standard TEN, then the matter will be referred to a Licensing Sub-Committee hearing for determination. If an objection is received in respect of a late TEN, the licensing authority must issue a counter notice whcih would prevent the event from going ahead. 

    Please read our guidance document for premises users who plan to submit a TEN to hold an event during the coronavirus pandemic. This document includes advice on information to provide with your application for both the Police and Environmental Health to consider in determining their response to your submission.