Temporary event licence

If you're wanting to carry out a licensable activity on unlicensed premises you'll need to apply for a temporary event licence.

Licensable activities include: 

  • selling alcohol 
  • serving alcohol to members of a private club
  • providing entertainment such as music, dancing or indoor sporting events
  • serving hot food or drink between 11pm and 5am

You'll also need to apply for a temporary event licence if the activity is not included in the terms of your existing licence. 

Who can apply 

You must be at least 18 to apply for a temporary event licence. 

How many licences can I have?

You can get up to five temporary event licences a year and each event will need a new licence. 

If you already have a personal licence to sell alcohol, you can be given up to 50 temporary event licences a year. 

A single premises can have up to 15 temporary event licences as long as the total length of all events is not over 21 days. 


Your event will need to have less that 500 people at all times. This includes the people running the event. It must also last no longer than seven days.

How to apply 

You must apply at least 10 clear working days before your event; this does not include the day we receive your application or the day of the event.

There's a £21 fee for each application which can be paid for by debit or credit card.


You can apply for a temporary event notice on the GOV.UK website. You'll need to upload a copy of your application form during your application.


You can send your completed application form to us by emailing licensing@barnsley.gov.uk


You can apply by post by sending a copy of your application form to our environmental health department and the police at the following addresses:

Environmental Health

Regulatory Services, PO Box 634, Barnsley, S70 9FB

South Yorkshire Police

The Chief Superintendent, South Yorkshire Police Licensing Department, Force Headquarters, Carbrook House, 5 Carbrook Hall Road, Sheffield, S9 2EH

Late temporary event notices

The latest you can apply for a late temporary event notice is five clear working days before the event (but not earlier than nine clear working days).

If you don’t hold a personal licence, you can serve up to two late temporary event notices per year. If you hold a personal licence the limit is 10. Late temporary event notices count towards the total number of permitted temporary event notices.


We can’t refuse a notice unless the police or Environmental Health object to it. They must do this within 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

If there’s an objection, your council’s licensing committee will hold a meeting (called a hearing) no later than 24 hours before the event (unless all parties agree that a hearing isn’t needed).

At the hearing the committee will either approve, add conditions or reject the notice.

If the police or Environmental Health object to a late temporary event notice, the notice won’t be valid and you can’t hold the event.


If you disagree with the licensing committee’s decision you can appeal to your local magistrates’ court. You must do this within 21 days, and at least five working days before the date of your event.

Displaying your notice 

You must keep your temporary event notice in a safe place where the event is held.

You must also display a copy of the notice where it can be easily seen.

Fines and penalties

You could be fined if you make any false statements in your application, or face prosecution if you breach the terms of the notice.

If you don’t have a temporary event notice and carry out an activity that you should have a licence for (or allow your premises to be used for one), you can be fined, sent to prison for up to six months, or both.