Temporary event notices

It is recommended that an applicant for a TEN should give at least 28 days prior notice of their intended event, together with a full description of the event, risk assessment and details of how the applicant will promote the licensing objectives.

A temporary event notice (TEN) is best used to licence small events which take place over a short period of time. They are especially useful for people outside of the licensed trade such as community events organisers, charities to licence events that contain any or all of the following:

  • selling alcohol
  • providing entertainment, eg music, (please note a TEN is not required until after 11pm for a premises with on sales and for an audience of up to 500 people).  
  • selling hot food or drink between 11pm and 5am 

Your event must:

  • have fewer than 500 people at all times – including staff running the event
  • last no more than 168 hours (7 days)
  • You must be at least 18 to apply for a TEN.

Late Temporary Event Notice applications

As well as the 'standard' TEN, which must be made 10 working days before the first day of the event, there is also a 'late' TEN. The 'late' TEN can be submitted between 5 and 9 working days before the first day of the event. However, if objections are received the event will not be permitted to go ahead and there will not be any right of appeal against this decision.

Eligibility criteria

  • You must https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-a-licence/temporary-event-notice/coventry/apply-1
  • You must be 18 years or older to apply for a TEN and can be given a maximum of five TENs per year.
  • If you are a personal licence holder, you can given a maximum of 50 TENs per year.
  • Your event must involve no more than 499 people at any one time and last no more than 168 hours with a minimum of 24 hours between your event and the start or finish of another TEN.
  • The number of times a TEN can be given for any particular premises is 15 times in a calendar year.
  • Premises are limited to a maximum total duration of the periods covered by temporary event notices of 21 days.

Application process

http://www.gov.uk/apply-for-a-licence/temporary-event-notice/coventry/apply-1. Please also supply a https://www.coventry.gov.uk/downloads/download/6861/temporary_event_notice_checklist with your application.

Please take a look at the /downloads/file/17238/temporary_event_notice_advice_sheet to decide if you require a temporary licence for your event.

You can also check the http://local.direct.gov.uk/LDGRedirect/Start.do?mode=1 to make sure your event is taking place within Coventry's jurisdiction.

The Licensing Team then serve a copy of the application on West Midlands Police Licensing Team and the City Council's Environmental Protection Team. If the Police or Environmental Protection have concerns about your TEN then we will let you know within 48 hours and hold a hearing (if required) within five working days.

You must give at least 10 working days notice before your event. Usually, where there are no problems, the Council will acknowledge and return a copy of your notice, which must then be made available for inspection during the event if required.

If you are submitting a late TEN, then the application must reach us within 5 - 9 working days of the event taking place. If the Police or Environmental Protection refuse your application, then no hearing will take place and the decision is made by themselves.

Tacit consent

Tacit consent applies, this means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the Council by the end of the target period.

Please note tacit consent will only apply once a full application has been submitted and you have received an acknowledgement.


A Temporary Event Notice is £21.00.

Right of appeal

There is no appeal process where a counter notice has been issued. Counter notices can be issued where the Police have concerns over the proposed event. If there is a counter notice against your notice and you haven't been able to agree changes with the Police we may arrange a hearing at which your application will be determined by a panel of Councillors from the http://www.coventry.gov.uk/info/131/meetings/775/committees/2. We will give you at least two working days notice of any such hearing prior to the date the event is due to take place.

Length of licence

The notice lasts for the period you nominate, up to a maximum of 168 hours.

Change of circumstances

The Police can alter the terms of a TEN. Otherwise there are no formal alteration processes once a TEN is served.

Application processing time

The Police and Environmental Protection have 3 working days to approve or refuse an application.

Public registers

The public registers of all applications made to the council under the Licensing Act 2003 are available to view through our http://licensing.coventry.gov.uk/MVM/Online/EGov/License_Registers/Registers_Criteria.aspx.