Temporary event notices
Temporary event notices (TENs) must be received by both the Licensing Authority and the Police at least 10 clear working days before the event is to take place - 5 Clear working days for a Late TENs; see guidance notes. This does not include the day we receive it, the day of the event, weekends or Bank Holidays.
Any individual of 18 years or over can apply for a Temporary Event Notice (TEN), which authorises an event involving any form of licensable activity in a premises that is not already licensed for that activity.
A TEN can also be used to apply for extensions of hours or additional licensable activities in premises that are already licensed.
Licensable activities include the sale of alcohol, regulated entertainment and the provision of late night refreshment.
Guidance for organising an event during COVID-19
Please see the important information and guidance regarding organising an event during COVID-19 on our Licensing Act 2003 overview page.
The limit on the number of temporary events that can be held at a premises is 15 per year. See changes for 2022 and 2023 below.
For an up to date list of events which are exempt from a temporary event notice (TEN), refer to The Legislative Reform (Entertainment Licensing) Order 2014 and Licensing Act 2003.
If you are unsure if you need to apply for a TEN please contact us to speak to one of the Licensing Officers.
We have three main offices where correspondence can be sent. Please use the office covering the area in which the premises are situated.
The postal and email addresses for the three main offices are contained in the guidance notes as well as a guide to areas covered.
The address for Wiltshire Police is The Licensing Officer, Wiltshire Police, Trowbridge Police Station, Polebarn Road, Trowbridge, BA14 7EP. Wiltshire Police will also accept TENs sent by email, as long as the TEN has been duly signed and dated. The email address to use is LicensingE@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk.
If you are posting your correspondence, make sure you attach enough postage to the envelope. Some letters are held by the Post Office for unpaid deficient postage and may be delivered too late for the TEN to be valid. An A4 envelope is classed as a large letter and should carry the appropriate postage. It is also advisable to obtain a receipt from the Post Office which provides proof of the date of postage, should there be any delays in deliveries.
Alternatively see Apply Online further below.
Temporary event notice (TEN) application
Terrorism events across Europe have raised concerns about security at events and large crowd gatherings. Although it is not possible to completely protect our public events, putting some interventions in place will hopefully make them less attractive to places to target.
Application and guidance notes
All TENs acknowledgments will be sent via email stipulated on the application form.
Application fees are non-refundable in the event of cancellation, submission error, incorrect details within application or if the application is submitted out of time.
Accessibility - If you are unable to download any of the application forms/documents on this page or require a paper version please contact us on 0300 456 0107 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact you to assist you with your application.
GOV.UK: Apply online for Temporary Events Notice, please read the guidance notes first.
Changes for 2022 and 2023
For the duration of 2022 and 2023, the number of Temporary Event Notices that a premises can use will increase from 15 to 20 per calendar year and the maximum total number of days temporary events may be held at a premises will increase from 21 to 26 days per calendar year.
A single premises can have up to 20 TENs applied for in one year, as long as the total length of the events is not more than 26 days, for events taking place in each calendar year of 2022 and 2023 only.
You should apply for a Temporary Event Notice in the same way.
The full information can be found on the Legislation.gov.uk website: The Alcohol Licensing (Coronavirus) (Regulatory Easements) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 UK Statutory Instruments 2021 No. 1049.