Temporary event notices (TEN)

Permission summary

If you wish to provide a licensable activity (sale of alcohol, regulated entertainment or late night refreshment)and don't hold a premises licence or club premises certificate under the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003 that covers these activities, you may submit a notice to the licensing authority for temporary permission. These notices are called temporary event notices (TEN).

You must be 18 years or older to submit a TEN, as a non personal licence holder you are only entitled to submit a maximum of five TENs per year of which two can be late TEN's. If you are a personal licence holder you can give a maximum of 50 TENs per year of which 10 can be late TEN's, however you are limited to a maximum number of TENs per premises.

Guidance to applicants

The council has produced a guidance document for those wishing to submit a temporary event notice.  This guidance notice explains the eligibility criteria, timescales, statutory requirements and deadlines for submissions. 

The council's guidance covers the changes that took effect on 25 April 2012 concerning standard and late TENs, the change to the limitation on hours and number of TENs, new statutory notice form and enabling environmental health as a responsible authority for TEN's

Application process:

The TEN must be given in writing (including by electronic means) to the licensing authority and received at least ten working days before the event (please note that ten working days starts from the day after the notice is received by the authority and does not include the day of the event). A fee of £21 is payable with each notice.  This fee covers the cost of processing the notice.  If the application is withdrawn or is issued a counter notice this fee is non refundable.

Unless an application has been submitted electronically, the premises user must serve a copy of the notice to the chief officer of the Metropolitan Police licensing team and the council.  The notice must be received by both responsible authorities no later than ten working days before the event period (please note that ten working days starts on the day after receipt of the notice and does not include the day of the event).

The Police and council, as responsible authorities may oppose a TEN if there are concerns that the event may not promote the licensing objectives.  The licensing authority must hold a hearing if an objection notice is served on it by one of these responsible authorities. The authority may issue a counter notice to the temporary event notice if it considers it necessary for the promotion of the licensing objectives. The authority may issue a counter notices if the number of permitted TENs has been exceeded.

Will tacit consent apply?
No - as a temporary event notice is a notification of intent to carry out a licensable event.  There is no tacit consent for TENs.  The licensing authority does not give the permission to provide the event so therefore tacit authorisation cannot be granted.

Apply online for a temporary event notice (iApply)

Apply online for a temporary event notice  

*If you do complete the Metropolitan Police promotion event risk assessment form and intend to apply online then you will need to save the completed form and then upload where promoted on the application page of the online system.

If you make an application online you are not required to send a copy of the application to the Police.  The licensing authority will serve a copy of the notice on the police and the council within one working day of receiving the notice.

Apply by post 
To apply for a temporary event notice by post please download the application for a temporary event notice.

You can also download and complete a Metropolitan Police – Promotion Event Risk Assessment Form if you wish to.

Once the notice has been completed, one copy of the notice must be sent to the following address accompanied by the relevant fee (£21 per temporary event notice period) and any other relevant documents:

Licensing team, Regulatory Services, Ealing Council, 14-16 Uxbridge Road, Ealing, W5 2HL

Please note: Unlike applicants that submit temporary event notice applications online, applicants that submit applications as a hard copy must also send a copy to the Metropolitan Police Service and to the council at the following addresses:

  • Metropolitan Police Licensing Team, Ealing Council, Perceval House, 14-16 Uxbridge Road, Ealing, W5 2HL
  • Environmental Health Service, Noise & Nuisance Team Leader, Regulatory Services, Ealing Council, Perceval House, 14-16 Uxbridge Road, Ealing, W5 2HL

If you have any questions relating to the application process or how to complete the forms please contact the licensing team on 020 8825 6655 or email licensing@ealing.gov.uk  

Failed application redress

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 Ealing Magistrates Court, Green Man Lane, London, W13 0SD within 21 days. An appeal may not be brought later than five working days before the day of the planned event.

Other redress
If the 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 Ealing Magistrates Court, Green Man Lane, London, W13 0SD within 21 days. An appeal may not be brought later than five working days from the day of the planned event.

If there is a concern about noise, pollution, etc please contact the noise pollution response team (Mon–Thurs  9am till 1am, Friday 9am-4am, Sat 5pm-4am, Sun 2pm-11pm) on 020 8825 8111 or email pollutioncontrol@ealing.gov.uk.

For complaints relating to a licensed premises or if you suspect a premises is operating without the required licence please contact the council's licensing team on 020 8825 6655 or email licensing@ealing.gov.uk.

The licensing authority will acknowledge receipt of the notice in writing by the end of the first working day following the 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.

Your event must involve no more than 499 people at any one time and last no more than 168 hours (seven days) with a minimum of 24 hours between your event and the start or finish of another temporary event notice. 

Trade associations

National Outdoor Events Association (NDEA)

Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) 

TSNN Online Directory

Society of Event Organisers (SEO)