A temporary event notice can be used to provide licensable activities on a temporary basis or to also temporarily extend the hours of existing licences.
You must be 18 or older to give a temporary event notice (PDF 510kB). A temporary event notice can be for any premises, including open spaces.
Notices are subject to various limits, some of which only apply to events falling within the years 2022 and 2023 due to changes in the law approved by the Government:
- a capacity of no more than 499 people
- a notice can last for seven days but can’t cover more than 21 days in a year (this limit has been increased to 26 days for events completely falling within 2022 and 2023)
- there must be a 24 hour gap between each temporary event notice
- a premises can only have 15 temporary event notices in a year (this limit has been increased to 20 notices in a year for events completely falling within 2022 and 2023)
- personal licence holders can give 50 temporary event notices in a year (10 of which can be 'late' notices)
- everybody else can give five temporary events notices (two of which can be 'late')
Normally, temporary events notices are served with at least 10 clear working days' notice.
A 'late' notice is one given with five to nine clear working days' notice.
There is a consultation period of three working days. Any objection to a normal notice will need a hearing to decide if the notice can be given. Objections to a 'late' temporary events notice mean it is refused.
Your notice will be granted if you do not hear from us within three working days after submitting your application.
The notice costs £21.
If you are applying online, you will be asked to make payment by card before submitting your application. If you are not applying online please note that we can only accept payment by credit and debit card or by bank transfer. If you wish to pay by bank transfer, please contact the licensing team for our bank details.
Unsuccessful applicants and objectors may appeal to the magistrates’ court within 21 days of the decision but there are no appeals against decisions on 'late' notices.
Notices not submitted online must be copied to the Police and the council's Environmental Health team, as responsible authorities. Copies must be served at the same time as the temporary events notice is submitted. Contact details for the Police and Environmental Health are available on our useful contacts page.