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With 2024 already well underway, now is the time to start looking ahead at the large host of major sporting events that are due to take place throughout this year, from the heavyweight professional boxing contest Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk to the Superbowl and the UEFA Euro 2024.

As your premises or venue begins to plan for the showing of these events, it is important to ensure that your site stays compliant and trades successfully. To help you prepare, we have added some useful guidance below.

Key sporting events

Date Sport Event Location
14 – 28 January Tennis Australian Open  Melbourne, AUS
11 February American Football Super Bowl LVIII Las Vegas, USA
17 February Boxing Fury v Usyk Saudi Arabia
02-16 March Rugby Six Nations Europe
01 June Football Men’s Champions League Final Wembley
04-30 June Cricket Twenty20 World Cup USA
14 June-14 July Football UEFA Euro 2024 Germany
18-22 June Horse Racing Royal Ascot Ascot
01-14 July Tennis Wimbledon Wimbledon
26 July-11 August Mixed Olympics Paris
26 August-08 September Mixed Paralympics Paris

Screening of events

Under the Licensing Act exemptions, no permission or licence is required when showing any form of live television. However, if you were planning to show pre-recorded matches beforehand or during breaks, then this would be licensable. For this, you would either need permission on your premises licence through the means of films or you would need to apply for a Temporary Event Notice (TEN).

With many events taking place during the summer period, you might choose to screen the event outdoors. If that is the case, the same rules as above apply, but you will also need to check your premises licence to ensure that you do not have any conditions that would restrict your usage of the outdoor area. If you do have a restriction, then you may require a TEN.

Please remember that you will need to have the correct commercial subscription in place with broadcasters and a valid TV licence to cover the showing of any of these events. For further information: Broadcasting live sport in licensed premises.

Check your premises licence

If your premises benefits from a Premises Licence, then before hosting an event always check your licence and the conditions to see whether the activities and times cover you for the length of your event. It is important that you also check your non-standard timings as there might be a condition that allows you to extend your licensable hours for international/major sporting events. An example of non-standard timing would be:

‘In the event of the transmission of any recognised international sporting event which falls outside the current permitted hours on the premises, licence to permit licensable activities commencing one hour before the start of the event and ending one hour after the end of the event.’

Please be aware that a recognised international sporting event is defined as a sporting event recognised by an International Sports Federation and would consist of the participation of at least two countries.

If you are not covered under your premises licence, then you will need to consider applying for a Temporary Event Notice.


If you are screening events in an outdoor area or outside of your usual operating hours, you may wish to also add a temporary outdoor bar or increase the hours that you sell alcohol. As above, always check your licence first to understand your operating hours and conditions, as well as your plan to see whether your outside area is licensed (check the plan attached to your licence, if circled in red, then it will be part of the area where licensable activities can take place).

If your licence does not cover the hours that you want to operate or your outside area falls outside of the licensed area, you will need to apply for a TEN.

Temporary Event Notices

Temporary Event Notices allow you to apply for a notice for an event that involves activities that would normally have to be licensed under the Licensing Act 2003. The TEN can be used for both licensed and unlicensed premises.

When applying for standard TENs, you need to ensure that you apply 10 working days before the event with the date of the event and the date of submission not counting. If you are applying for a late TEN, then this needs to be submitted 5 working days before the event but be aware if you receive an objection to a late TEN there is no appeal process.

For example, the Fury vs Usyk boxing match is taking place on 17 February. The last date to lodge a Standard TEN would be 02 February and the last date for a Late TEN would be 09 February.

There is an allowance limit for TENs and for 2024 they are as follows:

  • If you have a personal licence to sell alcohol, you can be given up to 50 TENs a year. If not, then you are limited to 5.
  • A single premises can have up to 15 TENs applied for in one year, as long as the total length of the events is not more than 21 days.
  • If you’re organising separate but consecutive events, there must be at least a 24-hour gap between them.


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