Alcohol and entertainment licensing

Temporary event notice

Apply for a temporary event notice

Events with alcohol, regulated entertainment or late night refreshments lasting under 168 hours need a temporary event notice.

If you are arranging an event which lasts for less than 168 hours (7 days), that will be selling alcohol, having regulated entertainment and / or providing late night refreshments, you need to apply for a temporary event notice.

Your event must involve no more than 499 people at any one time.

Personal licence holders can submit up to 50 temporary event notices in a calendar year, with a maximum of 10 late temporary event notices.

Non-personal licence holders can submit up to 5 temporary event notices in a calendar year with a maximum of 2 late temporary event notices.

There can be a maximum of 15 applications for temporary events in a particular premise in a calendar year.

Further information on regulated entertainment can be found in our guidance notes (PDF 41.7KB) .


The cost of a temporary event notice application is £21.

The fee must be submitted with the application, which must be submitted at least 10 working days before the event, not including the day of submission and the day of the event.

Late temporary event notices must be submitted 5 working days prior to the event, not including the day of submission. Failure to do so will result in the notice being refused.

Temporary event notice application (PDF 223.1KB)

Temporary Event Notice - Guidance Notes (PDF 41.7KB)

Checklist (PDF 14.4KB)

Once your application has been validated, we will consult the police and Central Bedfordshire pollution officers who will have 3 days to object to the notice.

If no objection is received, we will issue an acknowledgement letter for the event. This letter will be sent either by email or post to you.

If the notice is not acceptable, the applicant will be contacted to address the issue(s). If no agreement can be reached the notice must go to a hearing before the Licensing committee. If it is then decided the event cannot proceed, an appeal can be made to the Magistrate’s court.

If there are objections to a late temporary event notice, you will be issued a counter notice. You cannot appeal against this.

When permitted temporary activities take place, a premises user must ensure that a copy of the temporary event notice or a note stating that the notice is in the custody of a person present and working at the premises and must be prominently displayed. Further information can be found in the guidance notes (PDF 41.7KB) .

Tacit consent

Tacit consent does not apply for this licence. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please email the licensing team at

Failed application redress

If an application for a licence is refused the applicant can appeal to the Magistrates' Court within 21 days of notice of the decision.

Licence holder redress

Any licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition attached to their licence, or revocation of the licence can appeal to the Magistrates' Court within 21 days of notice of the decision to attach the condition or revoke the licence, whichever the case may be.

Other redress

If your complaint relates to an existing licensed premises, or a premises is suspected of operating without the required permission, please contact our licensing team on 0300 300 8307 or by emailing Phone lines are open 9am to 12pm Monday to Friday.