Apply for a Temporary Event Notice online

If you wish to hold a temporary/one-off event in England or Wales you must give us a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) no later than:

  • Ten working days before the event
  • Or five working days for a late notice - no more than two ‘late’ notices will be accepted during the year

Please note: A 'working day' is any day other than Saturday, a Sunday or any bank holiday. 'Working days' do not include the day we receive your application or the day of the event.

If the event is to be held in an area governed by two or more local authorities - applications must be made to all of them.

Temporary Event Notices can be used to authorise the sale of:

  • Alcohol
  • Regulated entertainment
  • Late night refreshment

The fee is £21.


How do I submit a Temporary Event Notice?

Apply for a Temporary Event Notice online

Please note: Notifying online means you do not have to send a notice to the Chief Officer of Sussex Police or the Environmental Health Team.

This will be done by the Licensing Authority.

Paper application

Print out and complete the forms below. Cheques are payable to ‘Mid Sussex District Council’.

Temporary Event Notice notification printed form

Please note: The original notification must be sent to:

The Licensing Team
Mid Sussex District Council
Oaklands Road
Haywards Heath
RH16 1SS

Copies of the form must be sent to:

Chief Officer of Police
Licensing Officer
Worthing Durrington Police Station
Centenary House
Durrington Lane
BN13 2PQ

and to:

Team Leader
Environmental Protection Team
Environmental Health
Mid Sussex District Council
Oaklands Road
Haywards Heath
RH16 1SS

You should hear from us within nine working days. Otherwise please contact us using the details at the bottom of this page.


Your event must:

  • Have fewer than 500 people at all times – including staff running the event
  • Last no more than 168 hours/7 days

You must be at least 18 to apply for a Temporary Event Notice.

How many Temporary Event Notices can I apply for?

  • You can get up to five Temporary Event Notices a year
  • You can be given up to 50 Temporary Event Notices a year if you already have a personal licence to sell alcohol (You are restricted to fifteen a year at any one premises)
  • You need a separate Temporary Event Notice for each event you hold on the same premises
  • A single premises can have up to 15 Temporary Event Notices in one year - as long as the total length of the events is not more than 21 days.

     PLEASE NOTE that for 2022 and 2023 only these time limits have been raised so a single premises can have up to 20 Temporary Event Notices in one year - as long as the total length of         the events is not more than 26 days.

  • There must be at least a 24 hour gap between events that follow one another


We can’t refuse a Temporary Event Notice unless the police or Environmental Health object to it. They must do this within three working days of receiving the notice.

They can only object if they think your event could:

  • Lead to crime and disorder
  • Cause a public nuisance
  • Be a threat to public safety
  • Put children at risk of harm

Our licensing committee will hold a meeting - called a 'hearing' - no later than 24 hours before the event to discuss the objection.

Please note: Applications requesting live or recorded music after 2300 hours in the open (this includes music in marquees, tents etc) are closely scrutinised by the Environmental Health Team and are likely to result in an objection due to the increased risk of the event causing a public nuisance. We strongly recommend that you contact the Environmental Heath Team for advice prior to  making an application for events after this time.

The committee will either:

  • Approve
  • Add conditions
  • Or reject the notice

Please note: If the police or Environmental Health object to a late Temporary Event Notice - the notice won’t be valid and you can’t hold the event.

Conditions may be transferred to a Temporary Event Notice from a Premises Licence / Club Premises Certificate if the authority considers it appropriate.


If you disagree with the licensing committee’s decision - you can appeal to your local magistrates’ court. You must do this within 21 days - and at least five working days before the date of your event.

Displaying your notice at the event

You must display a copy of the notice during the event where it can be easily seen at all times. It must be in a safe place.

Fines and penalties

You could be fined if you make any false statements in your application or face prosecution if you breach the terms of the notice.


This is not the case for a Temporary Event Notice

We must process your notice before it can be granted.

More information:  ‘Tacit consent’ means you can act as if your application has been granted if you do not receive your licence/permit within a certain time after we confirm we have received your application.

Contact us using the below information if you have not heard from Mid Sussex DC within nine working days of your application.

Contact us


Last updated: 12 April 2024