Licensing

Temporary Event Notice (TENs)

TENs are a simple way to provide licensable activities for one-off events without the need to obtain a premises licence or a personal licence.

After you apply

You must send a copy of the TEN to Islington police and our Environmental Health Department. We will do this for you if you submit your TEN online.  

Your event can now go ahead, unless we tell you otherwise (see below).

A copy of the TEN must be kept on site during the event, either clearly on display or in the possession of the applicant or a 'nominated' person.

You must inform us if you wish to cancel your TEN at least 24 hours before the event. While it is not possible to refund the fee, cancelled TENs do not count towards the annual limit.

Contested applications

We will only contact you if your application is not valid or there has been an objection. If the objection is to a standard TEN then the application will be decided by the council’s licensing subcommittee, unless all parties involved agree that a hearing is not needed.

If the objection is to a late TEN, then the application will be refused.

The police or environmental health may only object to a TEN after three-working days of receiving it. 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.

Right to appeal our decision

If your standard TEN is rejected you can appeal to your local magistrates' court. You must do this within 21 days of being notified your application was unsuccessful, and at least five working days before the date of your event.

There is no appeal available for rejected late TENs.

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