Temporary Event Notices

A Temporary Event Notice (TEN) is a notification given by an individual to Ashfield District Council, giving notice of an event where licensable activities are to take place. A simple TEN Guidance Leaflet can be obtained here. The TEN Form for completion can be found here, or alternatively you can apply via Gov.Uk here.


A Temporary Event Notice (TEN) allows you to stage an event. TEN's can be used to authorise relatively small-scale ad-hoc events held in or on land or premises involving no more than 499 people at any one time, that involves a licensable activity.

Premises which hold a Premises Licence or Club Premises Certificate may wish to make use of TEN's in order to provide additional licensable activities and/or for extension of hours.

Licensable activities are:

The sale and supply of alcohol

The provision of late night refreshment (hot food & drinks between 11pm and  5am)

The provision of "regulated entertainment" (which consists of any of the following activities):

  • Plays
  • Films
  • Indoor sporting events
  • Boxing, wrestling, combined fighting sports
  • Live music
  • Recorded Music
  • Entertainment similar in description to music and dance.

Types of TENS:

There are 2 types of TENS:

1) A Standard TEN - whereby a minimum of 10 working days notice is provided by the applicant. Any objection to the TEN will result in a Hearing being convened to determine it.

2) A "Late TEN" - whereby a minimum of 5 working days notice is provided by the applicant. However, with Late TENS, a Personal Licence holder is limited to just 5 per calendar year, and a non-Personal Licence holder is limited to just 2 per calendar year. Any objection to a Late TEN will automatically result in the Late TEN being rejected.


  • The person giving the Temporary Event Notice, the premises user, must be over 18 years old. 
  • Personal licence holders may give up to 50 notices per year, non-personal licence holders may only give up to five notices per year.
  • Each event may last no more than 168 hours.
  • No premises may be used more than 15 times per calendar year.
  • No premises may be used for more than 21 days per calendar year in total.
  • No more than 499 persons attending the event.

Additional Limitations

There must be at least 24 hours between events notified by the premises user in respect of the same premises. In addition a TEN is treated as being from the same premises user even if it is given by an associate. The Act defines an associate as being a spouse, child, parent, grandchild, grandparent, brother or sister or their spouses or agent or employee of that person or their spouse.

Provided that the above criteria are met, only the Police and the Environment Protection Team may object to a TEN.

In circumstances where the above criteria are not met a full Premises Licence will be required

Procedure for submitting a Temporary Event Notice

NOTE - Please note working days are Monday – Friday, do not include Bank Holidays, and do not include the day of submission of the application or the day of the event. 


The person applying for the TEN is be required to send the Notification to both the Licensing Team and the Environmental Protection Team at Ashfield DIstrict Council, and a copy to Nottinghamshire Police, at least 10 working days prior to the event, or 5 working days for a "late TEN" (though please see above for further information). 


If you send the TEN Notification electronically to licensing@ashfield.gov.uk or via the Gov.UK website, then the Licensing Team will take care of the copies needed for the Environmental Protection Team and the Police.


A fee of £21.00is applicable to each TEN. We will contact you for payment of the fee, or you can make payment electronically if submitting your application via Gov.UK.


The TEN Notification must be completed in full. Failure to complete all of the necessary elements will result in the TEN being returned to you as void.

The Council will either acknowledge receipt of the notice or, in consideration of any Police or Ashfield District Council's Environment Protection Team objection, provide a hearing or counter notice depending on type of TEN applied for.

Objections to TENS

Objections can only be accepted from the Police, and the Environmental Protection Team. Any representation must be submitted to the Licensing Authority within 3 working days of both Responsible Authorities receiving the application. A hearing must be arranged not later than 24 hours before the event is due to take place if an objection is received, unless it relates to a Late TEN, whereby the event cannot go ahead as applied for.

Discussions prior to submitting a TEN

Where it is proposed to hold a major event (not exceeding 499 people), organisers are asked to contact the Council at an early stage before a formal notice is made. This will enable the Police and the Environmental Protect Team to consider and discuss with organisers their operating schedule and avoid potential objections and hold ups.

Online Application

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

Yes, after ten working days for a Standard Ten and five working days for a Late Ten, provided that application forms and all relevant documents are received by the Licensing Authority, Nottinghamshire Police and/or other Responsible Authorities where applicable and there are no representations which would lead to a hearing taking place. 

Apply for a temporary event notice.

Click here to view the Licensing Act 2003 Fees and Charges.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate in contacting a member of the Licensing Team