Temporary event notice guidance notes

When you can apply for a temporary event notice

If you are a personal licence holder you can apply for a temporary event notice 50 times each year. This includes a total of 10 late notices.

If you are not a personal licence holder, you can apply for a temporary event notice 5 times each year. This includes a total of 2 late notices.

You can apply for a total of 15 notices each year for a single premises.

Your temporary event notice can last for a total of 7 days and have a total of 499 attendees.

Conditions if you want to sell alcohol

If your notice is for the sale or supply of alcohol to be consumed on the premises, children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

The penalty for allowing children under the age of 16 on the premises unaccompanied is £1,000.

If we grant your temporary event notice

We will only grant a notice to an individual. Businesses or organisations will not be granted a notice and must name an individual.

You must be able to produce your notice for people such as

  • licencing officers
  • fire officers
  • environmental health officers

Refusal to produce your notice is an offence.

About your premises

We can grant a temporary event notice for a whole building, a single room or part of an outdoor area or piece of land.

If the activity you want to carry out falls outside of the area you tell us about, you could be prosecuted.

You must make sure you have a total of 499 people or less at your event. This includes any organisers, staff and performers.

When you do not need a temporary event notice

There are certain activities that you will not need a notice to carry out. You can contact your licensing authority to check if you need a temporary event notice for your event.