An increasing number of start-up businesses are popping up across West Yorkshire, with a number of bars – typically accompanied by a memorable gimmick – arriving in Leeds on almost a monthly basis.

In order for a business to sell alcohol, it requires a premises licence. This cannot be avoided and can be a financial burden which hampers the business in its early days.

As some businesses wish to simply test the water (or trade earlier than a full premises licence application would allow) the option of a Temporary Event Notice is often a useful alternative.

A standard Temporary Event Notice can be given to the local Licensing Authority at least 10 working days before the proposed event or opening – a stark reduction from the 28 day consultation process of a full premises licence application.

Temporary Event Notice Limitations

There are various limitations for temporary event notices.

The event must:

  • – Involve no more than 499 people at any one time. This includes staff members and any performers;
  • – The event must last no more than 168 hours (7 days);
  • – No two events can run concurrently and a minimum of 24 hours’ time must be placed between events.  A particular premises can only have no more than 12 events per calendar year, with an aggregate of 21 days in total.


For certain licensed premises this will be adequate cover in order to allow them to trade either during the period of a full premises licence application or during a period of time where the operator is assessing the viability of the business.

If you require any advice in respect of a Temporary Event Notice or a premises licensing application, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Licensing Department of Levi Solicitors in Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Manchester and London on 0113 2971875 or email