Temporary event notice (TEN)


Submit a TEN

If you wish to hold an occasional event in England or Wales that involves the sale of alcohol or the provision of entertainment, you must give a Temporary Event Notice (TEN).

Please apply for your TEN at least six weeks before the event. Don't leave it to the last minute in case there is an objection or problem. 

How to submit a TEN

Please note payment must be made at the same time a TEN is submitted. The fee is £21.

If you do not submit the fee with your TEN then your submission will be invalid and cannot be processed further.

If you submit an incorrect notice your fee may still be retained.

A TEN must be received by the Local Authority and copied to the Police and the Pollution Control Authority at Elmbridge Borough Council within the timeframes specified for Standard or Late TENS.

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.

Standard TEN (minimum notice period):
10 working days exclusive of the day on which the event is to start, and exclusive of the day on which the notice is given.

Late TEN (minimum notice period):
9-5 working days must be given (you can only have two of these per calendar year as a non-personal licence holder, and if the Police or Environmental Services object, the TEN will be invalid).

Licensable activities

  • Any sale or supply of alcohol (including giving it away as part of a wider ticket e.g. "fish and chip supper including free glass of wine" and may include where alcohol is given away as a prize such as at a bottle stall or raffle).

  • Entertainment consisting of plays, films, an indoor sporting event, boxing or wrestling, a performance of live or recorded music, any playing of recorded music, any performance of dance, or entertainment of a similar description. (Note: This will only be licensable if it is public entertainment or, if it is private entertainment intended to make a profit - no matter to whom or to where the proceeds go. This may include many fund raising activities not previously licensable e.g school fêtes or quiz nights where the function is private but is designed to be a fundraiser.)

If you prefer you can download the temporary event notice application form and return this form in duplicate.


The Licensing Act 2003 makes no provision for refunds. This includes where a notice is withdrawn or submitted in error.

For further information, please contact us  or telephone 01372 474 748. 

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