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If you wish to hold an ad-hoc (specific / one-off) event in England or Wales, you must give a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) to the local licensing authority (Mid Sussex District Council) no later than ten working days (or five working days for a late notice) before the event . If the premises where the event is to be held is in areas governed by two or more local authorities applications must be made to each.

TENs can be used to authorise the sale of alcohol, regulated entertainment or late night refreshment within any premises, whether it is a school hall, village common, a public house or a private house. The fee is £21.

Please see the Guidance notes for Temporary Event Notices (pdf, 102kb) for further information.

How do I apply?

Apply online 

*Applying online means you do not have to send a notice to the Chief Officer of Sussex Police or the Environmental Health Team.

Paper Application

If you do not have a credit/debit card, please print, complete and send the form below to the Licensing Team, enclosing a cheque for payment (made payable to Mid Sussex District Council).

A copy of the form also needs to be sent to:

  • The Chief Officer of Sussex Police - Att. Licensing Officer, Sussex Police, Police Station, Hurst Road, Horsham, RH12 2DJ
  • Team Leader - Environmental Protection Team, Environmental Health, Mid Sussex District Council, Oaklands, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1SS

You should hear from us within 9 working days, if you do not please contact licensing@midsussex.gov.uk or phone 01444 477419.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Anyone aged 18 or over can apply for a maximum of 5 TENs per year
  • Personal licence holders can apply for a maximum of 50 TENs per year
  • No premises can be used more than 12 times per year
  • No premises can be used for more than 21 days per year in total
  • Your event must involve no more than 499 people at any one time
  • Last no more than 168 hours (7 days) with a minimum of 24 hours between events

Application Evaluation Process

The Police and Environmental Health Officers can to object to a TEN if they consider that the event will undermine one of the licensing objectives.

The local licensing authority must hold a hearing if an objection notice is served. They may issue a counter notice if it considers it necessary for the promotion of crime prevention objective. A decision must be made at least 24 hours before the beginning of the event.

Conditions may be transferred to TEN from a Premises Licence / Club Premises Certificate if the authority considers it appropriate for the promotion of the licensing objectives.

Late notices can be given no later than 5 working days but no earlier than 9 working days before the event. If there is an objection from either the Police or Environmental Health, the event will not go ahead and a counter notice will be issued.

A TEN given with less than 5 working days before the event will be invalid and the activities described in it will not be authorised.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

No. Tacit Consent means the the event could be approved before the application is processed. This however is not the case for TENs as it is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted.

 If you have not heard from Mid Sussex DC within 9 working days, please contact licensing@midsussex.gov.uk or telephone 01444 477419.

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