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Temporary Event Notices (TENs)

A Temporary Event Notice (TEN) is required if you plan to do any of the following licensable activities on an unlicensed premises:

  • Sell alcohol
  • Serve hot food or drink between the hours of 11pm and 5am
  • Entertainment (indoor sporting events, music etc)
  • Serve alcohol to members of a private club

You will also need to apply for a temporary event notice if a particular licensable activity is not included in the terms of your existing licence. For example, if you want to sell alcohol at premises only licensed for regulated entertainment or if you want to open later than your current licence allows.

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 authority.

To apply for a TEN, you must complete the online application form at least 10 working days (but the earlier the better) before the event is due to take place.

The fee for the application will be taken online once the application form has been completed.

You must be 18 years old to apply for a TEN.

A copy of the notice must also be served on the same day to: Merseyside Police (Licensing), 5th floor HQ, Canning Place, Liverpool, L1 8JX and Environmental Health, St Helens Council, Wesley House, Corporation Street, St Helens, Merseyside WA10 1HF unless you have submitted your application electronically.

Please note: the date of submission for the TEN and the date of the event are not included in the 10 working days.

A late TEN is one which has been submitted with less than 10 working days before the event is due to take place. The latest you can apply for a late TEN is between five and nine working days before the event is due to take place.

You must be 18 years or older to apply for a late TEN and you can give a maximum of two late TENs per year. If you are a personal licence holder, you can give a maximum of 10 late TENs per year.

The police and environmental health can object to a TEN if they feel the event will undermine any of the four licensing objectives:

  • The prevention of crime and disorder
  • Public safety
  • The prevention of public nuisance
  • The protection of children from harm

Any objection must be made within three working days of the responsible authorities receiving the application.

We may, at least 24 hours before the event is due to start, issue a counter notice if we consider the event would undermine the licensing objectives. The event would not in this case be authorised to proceed.

Counter notices may be issued by us if the number of permitted late TENs have been exceeded.

There are some exemptions where a TEN is not required for certain types of entertainment, as described under schedule 1 (part 2) of the Licensing Act 2003. They are:

  • Films for the purpose of advertisement, information or education
  • Film exhibitions in museums, art galleries and community premises
  • Music incidental to certain other activities
  • Use of television or radio receivers
  • Religious services and places of worship
  • Garden fetes
  • Morris dancing
  • Vehicles in motion
  • Entertainment provided by heathcare providers
  • Circuses

You may withdraw a TEN by giving us written notice at least 24 hours before the event is due to start.