About Temporary event notices
You will need a Temporary event notice if you want to:
- hold an event that needs a licence on an unlicensed premises
- operate outside the terms of your existing premises licence
- selling or supplying alcohol
- regulated entertainment, including music, singing and dancing
- providing hot food or drink between 11pm and 5am
You need a Temporary event notice if you are providing one or any combination of these.
You can apply for a Temporary event notice if:
- there have not been more than 15 events at the premises during any given calendar year (1 January to 31 December) (Increased to 20 events in 2022 and 2023)
- the events you are holding in a calendar year do not exceed 21 days (Increased to 26 days in2022 and 2023)
- your event will not last longer than one week
- you have not held another event 24 hours before
- you are not holding another event 24 hours after
- your event has a maximum capacity of 499 people at any one time. For example, 1000 people can attend over the course of the event, but only 499 at the same time
If you have a personal licence, you can apply for up to 50 Temporary event notices during any given calendar year. Up to ten of these notices can be late Temporary event notices.
If you do not have a personal licence, you can apply for up to five Temporary event notices during any given calendar year. Up to two of these notices can be late Temporary event notices.
Fines and penalties
You will face prosecution (resulting in a fine or prison sentence or both) if you:
- carry out an activity that needs a licence without a Temporary event notice
- allow an event that needs a licence to take place on your premises without a Temporary event notice
- make any false statements in your application
You can find more information and guidance on Temporary event notices on GOV.UK.