Temporary event notice


Licence Summary

If you wish to hold an ad-hoc event, you must give a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) to us no later than ten working days before the event takes place. Both the Police and Environmental Health have three working days to object after they receive the application before the event. If the premises where the event is to be held is in areas governed by two or more local authorities then applications must be made to each one. The cost of a Temporary Event Notice is £21. You must also inform several other authorities, known as the responsible authorities, which are listed below.


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 years old to apply for a TEN.

Number of notices you can apply for:

The Licensing Act 2003 has been amended to increase the allowance for temporary event notices from 15 to 20, and increase the maximum number of days on which temporary events may be held from 21 to 26, in the calendar years 2022 and 2023.

You need a TEN for each event you hold on the same premises.

Other than 2022 and 2023 the following limits apply:

You can apply for up to five TENs a year. If you already have a personal licence to sell alcohol, you can apply for 50 TENs a year.

A single premises can have up to 15 TENs applied for in one year, as long as the total length of the events is not more than 21 days.

If you’re organising separate but consecutive events, there must be at least a 24 hour gap between them.

Responsible Authorities for TENS applications

All applications should be sent to licensing@selby.gov.uk. We will send a copy of your application to the responsible authorities. If you send your application by post to Licensing, Selby District Council, Civic Centre, Doncaster Road, Selby, YO8 9FT you are responsible for sending a copy of the application to the responsible authorities below.

North Yorkshire Police

North Yorkshire Police Headquarters
The Licensing Section
Fulford Road
YO10 4BY


​Environmental Health

Selby District Council

Civic Centre




Eligibility Criteria

An activity that can be licensed must be carried out as detailed in a notice that must be given. The notice must be in a specific format and must be made by someone over 18 years of age.

The notice should contain:

  • If alcohol is to be supplied, a statement confirming that it is a condition of using the premises that the supplies are made under the premises user's authority.
  • A statement relating to certain matters.
  • Any other required information.

The matters referred to above are:

  • Details of the licensable activities.
  • The event period.
  • The times when during that period the activities will take place.
  • The maximum number of people proposed to be allowed on the premises.

Regulation Summary

Application Evaluation process

The TEN must be given in writing (including by electronic means) to us at least ten working days before the event. A fee is payable with the notice. We will acknowledge receipt of the notice by giving notice to the premises user before 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.

Unless an application has been submitted electronically, the premises user must also give notice to the chief officer of the local police department no later than ten working days before the event period.

Both the Police and Environmental Health have three working days to object after they receive the application.

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 objectives. A decision must be made at least 24 hours before the beginning of the event. Where there is an objection from the Police or Environmental Health conditions can be imposed on the Temporary Event Notice which "have effect" in respect of the same premises or any premises to which the Temporary Event Notice relates. Counter notices may be provided by the licensing authority if the number of permitted TENs has been exceeded.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

No. It is in the public interest that Selby District Council must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within 14 days, please contact us. You can do this online if you applied through gov.uk

Applying for a temporary events notice

Failed Application Redress

Please contact us in the first instance. If a counter-notice is given in relation to an objection notice the applicant 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 five working days from the day of the planned event.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact Selby District Council in the first instance.

Other Redress

If a licensing authority decides not to issue a counter notice in relation to an objection notice the chief police officer can appeal the decision. Appeals must be made to the local Magistrates' court within 21 days. An appeal may not be brought later than five working days from the day of the planned event.

For information on road closures for events

Please use the following link: Organising community events | Selby District Council

Public Register

Please see our Public Registers page with regards to viewing registers.

Consumer Complaints

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made to us - preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of delivery). If this is insufficient, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Licensing Policy

Our licensing policy is available to view here - Selby District Council - Licensing Policy.