Temporary event notice (TEN)

  1. Summary

    A Temporary Event Notice (TEN) may be submitted to authorise licensable activities for a limited period of time.  Licensable activities which may be authorised by a TEN are:

    • the retail sale of alcohol (at any time);
    • the provision of regulated entertainment (at any time); or
    • the provision of hot food or hot drink (between 11pm and 5am).

    Under certain circumstances, entertainment (Plays, Dance, Films, Indoor Sporting Events and Boxing or Wrestling Entertainment) is exempt from regulation.

    Entertainment and circumstances where authorisation is not required:

    • Plays - between 0800 and 2300 each day (where attendance is 500 or less);  
    • Dance - between 0800 and 2300 each day (where attendance is 500 or less); 
    • Films - screening of a not for profit film exhibition, held in community premises, between 0800 and 2300 each day (where attendance is 500 or less);
    • Indoor Sporting Events - between 0800 and 2300 each day (where attendance is 1000 or less); and 
    • Boxing or Wrestling - contest/exhibition or display of Greco-Roman wrestling, or freestyle wresting between 0800 and 2300 each day (where attendance is 1000 or less).  

    Licensable activities in conjunction with exempt activities, such as sale of alcohol are not exempt, only the specific activities outlined above.  For example, a play between 0800 and 2300 with attendance of less than 500 people would not require a licence but any sales of alcohol taking place during the play would still need to be made under authority of a TEN or a premises licence. 

    Please note that a Temporary Event Notice can only authorise licensable activities for events with an attendance of 499 people or less, including staff. 

    Notice period
    You must give 10 clear working days notice of a Temporary Event.

    Alternatively, you may submit a late TEN giving between nine and five clear working days notice. Please note that the day on which the TEN is submitted and the date on which the event begins cannot form part of the notice period.  Submission of late TENs is limited to two per premises per annum. 

    Authorisation of a TEN is subject to certain limits. The premises user is permitted:  

    • 50 events per personal licence holder, 5 events per non-personal licence holder, per calendar year.    The maximum number of events submitted per premises user is 50 for a personal licence holder and 5 for a non-personal licence holder;   
    • 499 people per event at any one time. The maximum number of people who may attend a temporary event at any one time is 499, but please note that this includes people working at the event (bar staff, performers, stewards etc) as well as any audience or customers; 
    • 168 hours per event. A temporary event may last no longer than 168 hours from the start time (this is equivalent to seven days);
    • 15 events per place. The maximum number of events per place within a calendar year is 15; and
    • 21 days per place. You are permitted 21 days, or part days, of temporary events per place. Please note that in relation to a TEN, the 2003 Act defines a day¬Ě as a period of 24 hours beginning at midnight, so if you hold a temporary event that continues beyond midnight (from 11.00pm until 1.00am the following morning for example), this counts as two days off the 21-day maximum per premises.  

    Exceeding the above permitted limits makes the premises user liable for prosecution. 

  2. Fees


  3. Application, guidance notes or terms and condition

    Guidance notes

    Guidance on noise control for open air concerts and events.

  4. Attachments required

    A plan (if relevant)

  5. Processing and timescales

    The TEN will be acknowledged within 1 working day of receipt.  It will then be provided to Greater Manchester Police and the Environmental Health team, who may object to the TEN within a further 3 working days.

  6. Legislation


  7. Register

    The electronic premises licensing register is currently unavailable. A copy of the register is available for inspection on request, please email premises.licensing@manchester.gov.uk.

  8. Complaints

    Contact Licensing in the first instance

  9. Email


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