Temporary event notices


Processing temporary event notices

We will acknowledge receipt of the notice by the end of the first working day it was received or before the end of the second working day if the day the notice was received is not a working day.

If your TEN is required for an event that is part of a much larger event (e.g. a street fair or concert, we may ask you to provide a plan to clearly identify your location at the event and how you will comply with capacity restrictions.

If the area chief police officer and environmental health officer believe that the event would undermine the licensing objectives they can serve an objection notice on the premises user. This notice must be served within 3 working days of receipt of the temporary event notice. If a premises licence is in place they can also add a statement of conditions (taken from the licence) to the TEN. The conditions will apply to the TEN or the event will not go ahead.

We must hold a hearing if an objection notice is served. A counter notice may be issued if it is considered necessary for the promotion of crime prevention objective. A decision must be made at least 24 hours before the beginning of the event. 

Counter notices may be provided by the licensing authority if the number of permitted TENs has been exceeded.

Tacit Consent

You will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from us by the end of 3 working days as long as your application was complete, paid for and correctly served.


Please contact us in the first instance:

If a counter notice is given in relation to an objection notice you may appeal against the decision. Appeals must be made to the local Magistrates' court within 21 days. An appeal may not be brought later than 5 working days from the day of the planned event. Please see address below:

Northampton Magistrates Court
Campbell Square

Tel: 01604 497000

Last updated 11 May 2023