Temporary Event Notice (TEN)

Temporary Event Notice (TEN)

Please note: There have been changes to the application form and legislation for Temporary Event Notifications from 25 April 2012. Please ensure you use the new form when making an application as we were unable to accept the old style application form from 25 April 2012.

A Temporary Event Notice (TEN) is required if you intend to carry out a licensable activity on unlicensed premises, or wish to operate outside the terms of your existing Premises Licence or Club Premises Certificate.

The TEN can be acknowledged by Breckland Council to permit small scale events in the Breckland District that:

  • Will include a licensable activity
  • Will be attended by no more than 499 people at any time (including any stewards, staff, organisers and performers)
  • Will be held for a period of 168 hours or less

 The following criteria must be met in order for a TEN to be granted:

  • You must be over 18 years of age to apply for a TEN
  • If you do not hold a Personal Licence you are only permitted to hold a maximum of 5 TEN's per calendar year (inclusive of a maximum of 2 Late TEN's)
    • Please note, a TEN is treated as from the same person if it is submitted through a spouse, agent, employee, civil partner, child, grandparent, brother or sister
  • If you hold a Personal Licence you are permitted to hold a maximum of 50 TEN's per calendar year (inclusive of a maximum of 10 Late TEN's)
  • A premises can host no more than 12 TEN's per calendar year and the aggregate duration of TEN's on any premises can not exceed 21 days in any year
  • There must be a minimum of 24 hours between events at the same premises
  • If applying by post (or in person to one of our Customer Service Centres) Breckland Council must be in receipt of the completed application form and non refundable fee of £21 no later than 10 clear working days before the day on which the event is due to start. The applicant must also send a copy to both the Police and Environmental Health at least 10 clear working days before the proposed start date of the event. Only the Police and Environmental Health can object to a TEN being granted.
  • If applying electronically (by printing and completing the application form, scanning it and emailing it to licensingteam@breckland.gov.uk) Breckland Council must be in receipt of the completed signed application form and non-refundable fee of £21 no later that 10 clear working days before the day on which the event is due to start. The Licensing Team will forward an electronic copy to the Police and Environmental Health for consideration. Only the Police and Environmental Health can object to a TEN being granted (not members of the general public).

Late TEN's

A Late TEN's can be applied for between 9 and 5 clear working days before the day of the event. There are limits to the number of Late TEN's that can be applied for - please see maximum numbers above. 

  • If applying by post (or in person at one of our Customer Service Centres) Breckland Council must be in receipt of the completed application form and non refundable fee of £21 not before 9 clear working days and no later then 5 clear working days before the day on which the event is due to start. The applicant must also send a copy to both the Police and Environmental Health  not before 9 clear working days and no later than 5 clear working days before the proposed start date of the event. Only the Police and Environmental Health can object to a TEN being granted.  
  • If applying electronically (by printing and completing the application form, scanning it and emailing it to licensingteam@breckland.gov.uk) Breckland Council must be in receipt of the completed signed application form and non-refundable fee of £21 not before 9 clear working days and no later than 5 clear working days before the proposed start date of the event. The Licensing Team will forward an electronic copy to the Police and Environmental Health for consideration. Only the Police and Environmental Health can object to a TEN being granted (not members of the general public).

Please note it is an offence to carry out a Licensable Activity without the appropriate licence which carries the penalty of a fine not exceeding £20,000 or up to 6 months imprisonment or both.

The premises is still subject to all other relevant legal requirements. For example, the premises must still meet all relevant health and safety standards.

On receipt of the completed application form and payment, subject to all conditions being met, our Licensing Team will acknowledge receipt. Only the Police and Environmental Protection (not members of the general public) can object to a TEN / Late TEN on the grounds of any of the four licensing objectives: the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, the prevention of public nuisance and the protection of children from harm. If a valid objection is received on a TEN there may be a hearing or conditions may be attached to the TEN. If a valid objection is received on a Late TEN then the event will be prevented from going ahead. Once a TEN / Late TEN has been acknowledged by Breckland Council and no objection had been received you can proceed with the event. You must ensure a copy of the TEN, acknowledged by Breckland Council, is prominently displayed at the premises. .

If you wish to withdraw your TEN / Late TEN at any time during the application process, you must confirm to Breckland Council in writing at least 24 hours before the start of the event. A cancelled event will not count towards your annual limits. There is no refund of the £21 fee.

Need further information on Temporary Event Notices? Please refer to the Home Office website.

For the full Licensing Act 2003, which regulates Alcohol and Entertainment, please visit the Office of Public Sector Information

If you are unable to find the information you need, please contact us and we'll be happy to help.