Who needs a notice and how to apply.
You'll need to apply for a Temporary Event Notice (TENs) if you're holding an event with licensable activities.
You'll need a temporary event notice for:
- live entertainment such as plays, films, recorded music, indoor sporting events, live music and dance performances
- sale of hot food or drink between 11pm and 5am
- sale and supply of alcohol
Before you apply
Read our pdf TENs guidance (190 KB) .
You must also check:
- if you need any other permissions, such as permission from the landowner to use the site
- if there are any restrictions, such as restrictions on planning permission or restrictions on your lease
The TEN will not override these permissions and you must make sure you are complying with all restrictions.
When to apply
We must receive your Standard Temporary Event Notice (TENs) at least 10 working days before your event.
We can accept an application for a notice no later than five working days before your event but this will be a Late Temporary Event Notice (late TENs).
The process and forms are the same for both Standard and Late Temporary Event Notices.
Who can apply and limits on how many times you can apply
To apply for TENs you must:
- be over 18
- have applied for less than five TENs or two late TENs in the last year unless you're a Personal Licence Holder.
- have applied for 50 or less TENs or 10 late TENs in the last year if you're a Personal Licence Holder
The TEN must:
- involve no more than 499 people at your event at any one time including staff and performers
- last no longer than 168 hours
You can only have:
- a maximum of 15 TENs per year for the same premises
- an overall limit of no more than 21 event days
There must be at least a 24 hour gap between TENs.
2022 and 2023 applications increases
In 2022 and 2023 limits will increase to a maximum of 20 TENs per year for the same premises. There will be an overall limit of no more than 26 event days.
Apply for a Temporary Event Notice
We'll send a copy of your TEN to the Police and Environmental Health.
You'll need to pay a fee of £21
Other ways to apply
- fill in and return the pdf Application for a Temporary Event Notice (457 KB)
- by hand to Citizen Service point, 100 Temple Street, Bristol. BS1 6AG
- or by post to our postal address : Licensing Team (100TS), Bristol City Council, PO Box 3399, Bristol BS1 9NE
You'll also need to give us a:
- copy of the TEN marked 'Licensing'
- copy of the TEN marked 'Environmental Health, c/o Licensing'
- cheque or postal order for £21.00 made payable to Bristol City Council
You'll also need to:
- post a copy of the notice to Chief Officer of Police, Licensing, First Floor, PO Box 3119, Bristol, BS1 9GG
- or deliver a copy of the notice by hand to the Chief Officer, Joint Enforcement Team, The Bridewell, 1-2 Bridewell Street, Bristol. BS1 2AA
The Police, Environmental Health and Licensing must receive your notice at least five working days for Late TENs and at least 10 working days for standard TENs before your event.
If you want someone else to discuss your application or licence with us on your behalf, you'll need to give us written permission.
What happens next
When you apply for a TEN we'll send you an acknowledgement letter.
If you've applied for too many TENs in the last year we'll send a counter notice. This means your event won't be allowed to go ahead as any licensable activity won't be authorised.
If the Chief Officer of the Police and/or Environmental Health objects to a TEN, they'll issue an objection notice before the end of the third working day after they've received the notice.
If we receive an objection notice from the Chief Officer of the Police and/or Environmental Health to a late TEN, we'll send you a counter notice no later than 24 hours before the event. The event won't be allowed to go ahead.
Tacit consent applies to Temporary Event Notices.
This means that you can assume your notice has been granted after 10 working days unless you've heard from us that there have been representations from responsible authorities.