Temporary Events Notices (TEN)

What is a Temporary Event Notice?

A TEN is a notification given by an individual to Gloucester City Council giving notice of an event that is to take place.

Temporary Events are events that take place in any premises, open space or temporary structure and:

Consist of one or more Licensable Activities;
The event is for a period of no longer than 168 hours (7 days);
No more than 499 people will attend the event (this includes all staff, performers and guests) at any one time;

Can be used for locations not covered by an existing Licence or Certificate granted under the Licensing Act 2003 or to extend hours for premises that hold a Licence or Certificate.

What are Licensable Activities?

  • The sale by retail of alcohol
  • The supply of alcohol by or on behalf of a club to a member or to a guest of a member
  • Provision of regulated entertainment (see below)
  • Provision of late night refreshment (hot food or drink between 23:00 and 05:00)

What is Regulated Entertainment?

  • Performance of a play
  • Exhibition of a film
  • Indoor sporting event
  • Boxing or wrestling
  • Performance of live music
  • Playing of recorded music
  • Performance of dance

Who can give a Temporary Event Notice?

The person who gives the TEN is known as the ‘premises user’.

Any person who is over 18 years old can give a TEN. A TEN is treated as being from the same person if it is given by an ‘associate’. The Act defines ‘an associate’ as being a spouse, child, parent, grandchild, grandparent, brother or sister or their spouses or agent or employee of that person or their spouse, or a business associate where the business involves licensable activities.


  • Your event must not last longer than 168 hours (7 days in total).
  • There must be at least 24 hours between events covered by TENs submitted by you for the same location.
  • Any premises can have no more than 15 TENs per calendar year (Jan-Dec), authorising events on no more than 21 days in total.
  • No more than 499 people can attend your event at any one time (including staff, performers etc)

If you are likely to exceed the above limits you will need to apply for a Premises Licence instead.

Standard Temporary Event Notices

A Standard TEN must be received at least 10 working days before the event. Please note that the 10 working days do not include the day of receipt, the day of the event, public holidays or weekends.

  • Non Personal Licence holders may only give up to 5 TENs per calendar year
  • Personal Licence holders may give up to 50 TENs per calendar year

LATE Temporary Event Notices

You can submit a TEN late but it must be received at least 5 working days before the event begins.

Please note that the 5 working days do not include the day of receipt, the day of the event, public holidays or weekends.

  • Non Personal Licence holders may only give up to 2 Late TENs per calendar year
  • Personal Licence holders may only give up to 10 Late TENs per calendar year

For your information

Gloucestershire consists of six Local Licensing Authorities.

Before you submit your Temporary Event Notice to Gloucester City Council you need to make sure the premises in which you want to hold the TEN falls within the Boundary of Gloucester City.

If you're unsure of this or need further information you can contact the Licensing Team on 01452 396 396.​

How to apply

Apply Online​

Alternatively you can download the application form  and send the completed form and proof of payment to licensing@gloucester.gov.uk

Application fee: £21

Payment can be made online www.gloucester.gov.uk/contact-us/pay-for-it

Applications must be received at least 10 clear working days before the event is to take place in order for us to issue a Standard TEN. Up to 5 clear working days will be issued as a Late Ten.

Please note: Clear working days prior to the event taking place does not include the day that the notice is served, the day of the event itself, or weekends and that the fee is not refundable.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your notice is granted if you have not heard from us after 10 working days.