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Temporary event notice

You will need to apply for a temporary event notice (TEN) every time you want to provide licensable activities at unlicensed premises, or if a particular licensable activity isn’t included in the conditions of your current licence.

Licensable activities include:

  • sale or serving of alcohol
  • live entertainment
  • serving hot food between 11pm and 5am
  • live or recorded music
  • facilities for making music
  • indoor sport event
  • boxing or wrestling (indoor or outdoor)
  • dance facilities
  • showing a film or theatrical performance
  • gambling machine games


You can get up to 5 TENs a year. If you already have a personal licence to sell alcohol you can be given for up to 50 TENs.

Single premises can have up to 15 TENs in a year, as long as the total length of the events is not more than 21 days.

Your event must stay below 500 people, it cannot last more than 7 days (168 hours), and if you’re organising more than one event there must be a 24 hour gap between them.

How to apply

  1. You must be at least 18 years old
  2. Must be 10 working days before your event (late TENs is 5 working days)
  3. Fill in a temporary event notice application as an individual not a business
  4. Pay a £21 fee*
  5. Keep your TEN in a safe place and clearly display a copy at your event


The TEN fee is not refundable if the notice is withdrawn, cancelled, is made too late, a statutory limit is exceeded or you have submitted a TEN for anywhere other that a premises within North East Lincolnshire’s statutory boundaries.


The council cannot refuse a temporary event notice unless the policy or environmental health object.

If your application receives objections a hearing will take place no later than 24 hours before your event. A TEN can still be granted or granted with conditions at a hearing but it may lead to being refused.

You have the right to appeal to a Magistrates court within 21 days of the decision being made.

Contact details

Licensing, Doughty road depot, Doughty road, North East Lincolnshire, DN32 0LL

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 01472 326299 option 2

Opening times: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm, except bank holidays