Temporary event notice and personal licences

Temporary event notice (TEN)

If you are holding a one off event or special occasion involving alcohol, entertainment or late night refreshment you don't necessarily need to hold a premises licence.

You can submit a temporary event notice to authorise one or more licensable activities, you can also use a temporary event notice if you already hold a premises licence but want to undertake activities not covered by your licence.

Submitting a notice

Standard TENs

A standard TEN must be submitted no later than 10 working days before the event (this does not include the day the TEN is received or the day of the event, any weekends or bank holidays).

Late TENs

Late TENs can be submitted between 9 and 5 working days before the event. Again this does not include the day the TEN is received or the day of the event, any weekends or bank holidays.

If the Police or Environmental Health object to a late TEN then it is immediately cancelled with no right of a hearing.

Other Key Information can be found on the application form in downloads.

Personal licence

A personal licence is needed by anyone who supervises the sale of alcohol in a suitably licensed premises, for example, a pub, off-licence, restaurant or hotel. A personal licence is not required to sell alcohol in a Qualifying Club or under a Temporary Events Notice.

Applications for a personal licence must be made to the Council for the area in which you live. This Council will then be responsible for continuing to issue your licence even if you move away from the area.

Considering your application

In order to qualify for a personal licence you will need:

  • To be over 18 years old
  • Possess an approved Licensing qualification
  • Provide a criminal record certificate or PNC search
  • Not hold any of the relevant criminal convictions referred to in the Act.

Duration of the licence

A personal licence is of indefinite duration unless it is revoked, surrendered or forfeited, suspended and will move with you from one premises to another.

Online Register

If you wish to see further information on licences granted you can view these on the online register


Contact us

Licensing Office

Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am - 3pm

01924 302919/302906