Temporary event notice

If you wish to hold an ad-hoc event in England or Wales which does not have the benefit of a premises licence or a club premises certificate for the particular licensable activity you would like, you must give to your local licensing authority either:

  • a standard temporary event notice (standard TEN) no later than 10 working days before the event or
  • a late temporary event notice (late TEN) no more than 9 working days before the event but no later than 5 working days before the event

Please be aware that working days does not include the day of service, the day of the event or any weekends or bank holidays.

If the premises where the event is to be held is in areas governed by two or more local authorities applications must be made to each.

Application forms

Use the links below for the following online application forms.

You can download a PDF forms using the following links.

Unless you submit an electronic application you must also give a copy of the notice to the relevant persons:

  • Derbyshire Constabulary, Licensing Department, C Divisional Police Headquarters, Beetwell Street, Chesterfield, S40 1QP
  • Environmental Health, Amber Valley Borough Council, Town Hall, Ripley, DE5 3BT

The copy notice must be served on the relevant persons:

  • in the case of a standard TEN no later than 10 working days before the event
  • in the case of a late TEN no later than 5 working days before the event and no earlier than 9 working days before the event

There are a number of important restrictions:

  • You must be 18 years or older to give a TEN .
  • If you are not a personal licence holder, you can give a maximum of 5 TENs (of which no more than 2 may be Late TENs) per calendar year
  • If you are a personal licence holder, you can give a maximum of 50 TENs (of which no more than 10 may be Late TENs) per calendar year
  • Your event must involve no more than 499 people at any one time
  • Your event must last no more than 168 hours
  • There must be a minimum of 24 hours between events.
  • You cannot give more than 15 TEN’s in respect of the same premises in each calendar year.
  • You can only have TENs for a maximum of 21 days in relation to the same premises in each calendar year

Eligibility criteria

An activity that can be licensed must be carried out as detailed in a notice that must be given.

The notice must be in a specific format and must be made by someone over 18 years of age.

The notice should contain:

  • if alcohol is to be supplied, a statement confirming that it is a condition of using the premises that the supplies are made under the premises user's authority
  • a statement relating to certain matters
  • any other required information

The matters referred to above are:

  • details of the licensable activities
  • the event period
  • the times when during that period the activities will take place
  • the maximum number of people proposed to be allowed on the premises
  • any other required matters

Application evaluation process

A standard TEN must be given in writing (including by electronic means) to the local authority at least ten working days before the event

A late TEN must be given in writing (including by electronic means) to the local authority at least five working days before the event

A fee is payable with the notice.

The local authority will acknowledge receipt of the notice by giving a notice to the premises user before the end of the first working day it was received or before the end of the second working day if the day the notice was received is not a working day.

Unless an application has been submitted electronically, the premises user must also give notice to the relevant persons (the chief officer of the local police department and the pollution and health and safety departments of the Council)

  • no later than ten working days before the event period in the case of a standard TEN
  • no later than 5 working days before the event period in the case of a late TEN

If a relevant person who receives a notice and believes that the event would undermine one of the licensing objectives can serve an objection notice on the licensing authority and the premises user. This notice must be served within 3 working days of receipt of the temporary event notice.

If an objection notice is served in relation to a Standard TEN the local licensing authority must hold a hearing unless the objection is withdrawn. They may issue a counter notice if it considers it necessary for the promotion of a licensing objective. A decision must be made at least 24 hours before the beginning of the event.

If an objection notice is served in relation to a Late TEN and the objection not withdrawn, the local licensing authority will issue a counter notice. The counter notice must be issued at least 24 hours before the beginning of the event.

A relevant person may modify a Standard TEN with the consent of the premises user. In such a case an objection notice will be deemed to have been withdrawn.

The licensing authority may impose conditions on a Standard TEN if there is already a premises licence in force with similar conditions.

Counter notices may be provided by the licensing authority if the number of permitted TENs has been exceeded.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period (which is 10 working days from the date the application is received by the Council).

Failed application redress

In the first instance please contact:

Licensing Section, Amber Valley Borough Council, Town Hall, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3BT
Telephone: 01773 570222
Email: licensing@ambervalley.gov.uk

If a counter notice is given in relation to an objection notice the applicant may appeal against the decision. Appeals must be made to the local Magistrates' court within 21 days. An appeal may not be brought later than five working days from the day of the planned event.

Licence holder redress

In the first instance please contact:

Licensing Section, Amber Valley Borough Council, Town Hall, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3BT
Telephone: 01773 570222
Email: licensing@ambervalley.gov.uk

Other redress

If a licensing authority decides not to issue a counter notice in relation to an objection notice the chief police officer can appeal the decision. Appeals must be made to the local Magistrates' court within 21 days. An appeal may not be brought later than five working days from the day of the planned event.

Need further help or information?

Contact the team directly on 01773 841604 or email licensing@ambervalley.gov.uk