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Apply for a temporary event notice

You must submit a temporary event notice in advance of any ad hoc event that will offer licensable activities. You should give 10 working days’ notice, not including the dates of submission or the event.

The notice only covers permissions for licensable activities. If the event is taking place in a property or on premises you do not own, you must also get permission from the owner.

You can submit a late notice, with a notice period of only five working days. If you do this, you lose the right to appeal against any objections.

You will receive an email confirming receipt of the notice – you will not receive a certificate for it. You must display your submission form prominently at the event as proof that you have submitted notice.


Submit a temporary event notice on the government website. It costs £21 to submit a notice – you can pay this when you apply.

Submit a temporary event notice

If you prefer not to submit your notice online, you can download the temporary event notice form and send it back to us. The form includes details of where to send it and how to pay the fee.

We’ll acknowledge receipt of your notice by email within two days of receiving it.


You must be 18 or older to submit a temporary event notice.

You can submit five notices per year, two of which can be late notices. If you hold a personal licence you can submit up to 50 notices per year, 10 of which can be late notices.

Your event must involve no more than 499 people at any one time. It must last no more than 168 hours (one week).

A venue can host a maximum of 15 temporary events per year, covering a maximum of 21 days. There must be a minimum period of 24 hours between the end of one event and the beginning of another.

If the venue is in an area governed by another local authority as well as ourselves, you must submit a notice to both of us.


We or the police will contact you if we have any questions or concerns about your event.

We’ll serve a counter notice if the number of notices permitted to you or the venue has been exceeded. The event will not be able to go ahead.

We’ll serve an objection notice if your event will undermine the licensing objectives. We’ll do this within three working days of receiving your temporary event notice.

If we serve an objection notice, we’ll hold a committee hearing. The committee will make a decision at least 24 hours before the beginning of the event. They can issue a counter notice if necessary.

If the objection relates to a late notice, there will be no hearing and you will not be able to appeal. The event will not be able to go ahead.

With your consent, we or the police can modify your temporary event notice. If we do this, we’ll withdraw any objection notices.

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