Coronavirus information

If your event is for over 30 people, you need to submit a COVID-19 risk assessment with your application. Failure to do this within 3 days of submitting your application may result in an objection being served against your application.

Contact us for more information.

Postponing an event due to coronavirus

If you submitted a Temporary Events Notice for your event, you cannot transfer this to different dates. You will need to submit a new notice.

If you’re organising a temporary event and want to serve or sell alcohol, provide late night refreshment, or put on regulated entertainment, you’ll need to complete a temporary event notice (TEN).

For the purpose of a TEN, a temporary event is a relatively small-scale event attracting fewer than 500 people and lasting no more than 168 hours.

When you need a TEN

You need a TEN if:

  • alcohol is sold at your event
  • entertainment continues after 11pm
  • food and drink are served after 11pm

Find out more about TENs on GOV.UK including refusals and how to appeal a refusal

Before you start

You should:

You must submit your TEN application at least 10 working days before the event. This period does not include the day of receipt by the Licensing Team or the day of the event. We advise that you submit your application as soon as you can to avoid refusal of the application and cancellation of the event.

We will inform the Police and Environmental Health Department when we receive your notice.

How many TENs you can apply for

You can apply for up to 5 temporary event notices per year without the need for a personal licence. There must be at least 24 hours between events. 

Personal licence holders can apply for up to 50 temporary event notices per year for events at premises with no licence or for premises with a licence, where the licence does not cover planned activities.

No premises will be granted more than 15 temporary event notices per year or for a total of more than 21 days per year.

Read the TEN guidance notes for more information.

Temporary event notice licence fees

Application or notice Fee
Temporary event notice £21
Replacement of a temporary event notice (due to theft or loss) £10.50

Apply for a TEN

Select the area in which your event is taking place:

I don't know my area

If you don't know the area, you can view the area map.

Tacit consent

Tacit consent applies to TENs. Tacit consent applies to some licences and means that you can act as if your application has been granted if you do not receive your acknowledgment letter within a certain time after we confirm we have received your application.

Contact us

Contact the relevant office for the area in which you're applying for a TEN.

Licensing Office - East Dorset

Email: licensingteamc@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
Tel: 01202 228989
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Licensing Office - North Dorset, West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland

Email: licensingteamb@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
Tel: 01305 838028
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