Temporary Event Notices (TEN)

You must apply for a TEN if you want to hold a licensable activity at a premises not licensed for the purpose. You should apply for the licence ten clear working days before the proposed event. Word version of the TEN application – if you submit it online, please save it as a PDF before uploading it to Gov.uk website.

If you apply by post you must also send copies of your application to:

  • Environmental Protection Team, Reading Borough Council, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU
  • Thames Valley Police HQ, Licensing Team, Oxford Road, Kidlington OX5 2NX

The Police and Environmental Protection Team have three working days to object. If there is an objection then there will be a hearing held within seven working days beginning with the first working day after the end of the consultation period.

If you intend to host an event in a public park or similar space, please contact events@reading.gov.uk with the details of the proposed event, including a plan showing the layout and boundary of the event area.

Information on hosting an event in a Reading Borough Council park or open space.

You can apply for a Late TEN but only in exceptional circumstances. If a late TEN is objected to then the event can not go ahead. Gov.uk gives guidance on activities that are deregulated and may not need a licence.

Gov.uk offers guidance on TENs.

Please note – The giving of a temporary event notice does not relieve the premises user from any requirements under planning law for appropriate planning permission.


TEN: £21

Tacit consent

Tacit consent applies to Temporary Event Notices. This means that you can assume your notice has been granted after 10 working days unless you’ve heard from us that there have been representations from responsible authorities.

Last updated on 09/01/2024