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Temporary event notice

Temporary Event Notices (TENs) can be used for relatively small-scale one-off or occasional events where you intend to sell or supply alcohol at any time, provide regulated entertainment at any time or provide hot food or drink between 11pm and 5am.

There are a number of limitations on how TENs may be used:

  • TENs may only be used where a maximum of 499 people (including staff running the event) are expected to attend at any time
  • an event may last for no longer than 168 hours (7 days)
  • a maximum of 15 TENs per calendar year will be accepted for any premises, authorising events on no more than 21 calendar days in that year  
  • there must be at least 24 hours between the end of one TEN and the start of another
  • an individual  may only have five TENs per year unless they hold a Personal Licence, in which case they may have 50
  • you must be over 18 to use a TEN
  • generally, a TEN must be received by us a minimum of 10 full working days before the start of your event (the date of the receipt and the date of the event not being included within the 10 days), although a late TEN may be submitted up to 5 working days before the event
  • any TEN received less than 5 working days before the proposed event will not be considered  
  • individuals may have a maximum of 2 late TENs per year unless they hold a Personal Licence, in which case they may have 10

Apply for a Temporary Event Notice 

We will send a copy of your TEN to the Police and to the Council’s Environmental Health Team as Responsible Authorities.


We won’t refuse a properly served Temporary Event Notice unless the Police or the Environmental Health Team object to it. They must object within 3 days of receipt of the Notice and may only do so if they have reason to believe that your event could:

  • lead to crime and disorder; and/or
  • cause a public nuisance; and/or
  • be a threat to public safety; and/or
  • put children at risk of harm

If there is an objection, the licensing committee will hold a hearing, no later than 24 hours before the event. At the hearing, the committee may approve, add conditions to or reject the notice.

If you disagree with the licensing committee’s decision, you may appeal to your local magistrates’ court. You must do this within 21 days of the decision, and at least 5 working days before the date of your event.

If there is an objection to a late TEN the event will not be approved and there is no right of appeal.

Licensing Team

Barking Town Hall, Lower Ground,1 Clock House Avenue, Barking IG11 7LU