Temporary event notice

A Temporary Event Notice (TEN) is needed to authorise small 'one off' events which involve licensable activities such as: 

  • selling alcohol
  • serving alcohol to members of a private club
  • providing entertainment 
  • serving hot food or drink between 11pm and 5am

There must be no more than 499 people involved in the event at any one time.

An application for a TEN must be made at least 10 working days before the event.

Applications received between 9 and 5 working days before the event are classed as late applications, this does not include the date of submission nor the day of the event.

If the event takes place in an area governed by two or more local authorities, applications must be made to each authority.

An application fee is payable, check our current fees.

Application fees are non-refundable in the event of refusal, cancellation or submission error.


The event period may last for a maximum seven days. This is the time during which licensable activities may take place, but they do not have to take place during the whole of that seven day period, and some activities may take place at different times to others.

  • No more than 499 people, including staff and performers may attend the event at any one time. A Premises Licence must be obtained for 500 or more attendees, including one off events.
  • The same premises cannot be used under a TEN on more than 15 occasions in a calendar year. Two different rooms or floors in the same building could be used as two separate premises - allowing 30 events in total, subject to any other limits applying.
  • There must be at least 24 hours between each event at any one premises where the “user” of the TEN is the same person or “connected” persons.
  • Although each TEN can last for a period of up to seven days, no more than 21 days can be covered for the premises in question within a calendar year. If an event starts on one day and finishes the next morning this is two days out of the limit of 21 per year.
  • An individual must apply for a TEN
  • If the individual holds a Personal Licence they can apply for up to 50 Temporary Event Notices per calendar year, assuming that they use different premises from time to time
  • If they do not hold a Personal Licence they are limited to five per calendar year

Late TENs

It is possible to apply for "late" Temporary Event Notices by giving between five and nine working days’ notice, although there is a limit of 10 Late Temporary Event Notices each calendar year for an individual holding a Personal Licence (out of their total of 50), and two (out of their total of 5) for those who do not. Unlike Standard TENs, it is not possible to add conditions to a Late TEN and if an authority vetoes an application there is no right to a hearing or Appeal.

Apply for a Temporary Event Notice

Newport City Council will acknowledge receipt of the notice by giving an endorsed copy of the notice to the premises user.

If objections are made on the basis that event would affect the four licensing objectives, an objection notice must be served within 60 hours of receipt of the temporary event notice.

If an objection notice is received Newport City Council will hold a hearing unless all parties agree that it is unnecessary.

A decision will be made at least 24 hours before the beginning of the event.


Email [email protected] or contact Newport City Council and ask for the licensing team.