Event licences

Temporary Event Notice

A Temporary Event Notice (or TEN) allows an individual to host a one-off event that involves any of the Licensable Activities permitted under the Licensing Act 2003.

You must apply at least 10 clear working days before the event is due to take place. Working days do not include the day on which the notice is served on the Licensing Department, the day of the event itself, weekends or Public Holidays.

You can apply for a TEN online, or by post. If you apply online, we will notify the Police and other responsible authorities for you. If you apply by post, you will need to post a copy of the TEN to the Local Chief of Police and a copy to Environmental Health.

Apply online

To apply for a Temporary Event Notice, you will need to complete the following steps:

If you apply and pay online then you do not need to send paper copies of the form to the Council or the Police: we will notify the responsible authorities for you.

Apply for a Temporary Event Notice

You will then in due course receive a paper application of the notice endorsed by the Licensing Team. Sign this and keep it with you at the event.

Apply by post

If you would prefer to complete a paper version of the Temporary Event Notice application please call our Licensing team on 01403 215578/5525 to be sent a standard form and complete the following steps:

  • Read the full guidance notes. This includes conditions of the licence and notes about the application form
  • Complete and sign all copies of the TEN (We accept original signatures only, not a photocopy)
  • Send two copies of the TEN, including the original and the statutory and your non-refundable application fee of £21 to: The Licensing Officer,  Horsham District Council, Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1RL

At the same time, send a copy of the TEN to both:

  • The Local Chief Officer of Police at: Neighbourhood Licensing Team, Centenary House, Durrington Lane, Worthing BN13 2PG
  • The Local Environmental Health Officer at: Horsham District Council, Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1RL

Sussex Police will not accept any written communication unless the full postage has been paid. If there is insufficient postage the letter is returned to the post office unopened.

Unless the authority receive an acknowledgment from the Police that they have been served a copy of the notice the event can not go ahead.