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Temporary Event Notices

You will need to apply for a Temporary Event Notice if you want to carry out a one-off licensable activity in unlicensed premises.

Temporary Event Notice

Temporary Event Notices (TEN's) are used to cover licensable activities such as the sale of alcohol, regulated entertainment and late night refreshment at an event without a premise licence or club certificate.

More information can be found in the pdf icon Temporary Event Notice Fact Sheet [49kb] and pdf icon Temporary Event Notice - Guidance Notes [44kb].

When a Temporary Event Notice is required

You will need to apply for a Temporary Event Notice if you want to carry out a 'licensable activity' on unlicensed premises. This includes:

  • selling alcohol
  • serving alcohol to private club members
  • providing entertainment (such as music, dancing or indoor sporting events)
  • serving hot food or drink between 11pm and 5am

You will also need a Temporary Event Notice is a particular licensable activity is not included in the terms of your existing licence. 

Applying for a Temporary Event Notice

Please complete the application for a Temporary Event Notice.

If you wish to submit your Temporary Event Notice in paper format, remember to send:

  • 1 copy of the Temporary Event Notice to Cambridgeshire Police
  • 1 copy of the Temporary Event Notice to the Environmental Health team at Fenland District Council
  • 2 copies of the Temporary Event Notice to the Licensing Team at Fenland District Council


Your event must have fewer than 500 people at all times, including staff running the event. It must last less than 168 hours (7 days). You must be over 18 to apply. 

You can get up to 5 Temporary Event Notices a year. If you already hold a personal license to sell alcohol, you can have up to 50 TENs a year. 

A single premises can have up to 15 Temporary Event Notices in a year as long as the total length of events is not more than 21 days. 


The fee for a Temporary Event Notice is £21.00. This is non-refundable

Deadline for submission

A Temporary Event Notice (TEN) can be submitted up to 12 months prior to the event and should be submitted at least 10 clear working days prior to the event.  

However, a Late TEN may be submitted no earlier that 9 working days and no later than 5 clear working days before the event.   

Please note: a Late TEN submitted less than 5 clear working days prior to the event to which it relates will be returned as void and the activities described in it will not be authorised.


You could be fined if you make false statements in your application, or face prosecution if you breach the terms of the notice.

If you don't have a Temporary Event Notice and carry out an activity that you should have a licence for (or allow your premises to be used for one), you can be fined, sent to prison for up to 6 months, or both.