Temporary event notices
If you are holding a small event find out whether you need a temporary event notice (TEN) and how to apply.
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 which council to apply to
If you are unsure which council you need to apply to, enter the postcode for the location of your event:
Before you apply:
- read the temporary event notice regulations (opens in a new window)
- check the Live Music Act (opens in a new window) as not all forms of entertainment require a licence
- there is a £21 fee for a TEN
we will inform the Police and Environmental Health Department when we receive your notice
Please note: tacit consent applies to TENs. Tacit consent applies to some, but not all, licences. If tacit consent applies, this means that you can act as if your application has been granted if you do not receive your licence/permit within a certain time after we confirm we have received your application.
Apply for a TEN
Christchurch and East Dorset
To apply online you will need to have a valid e-mail address. If you have not had any sort of licence or permit with the council before, you will need to register.
If you are an existing customer, then contact us and we will send you a code and details on how to activate your account so you can make applications online.
North Dorset, West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland
If you have never had any sort of licence, permit or registration with us before you will need to register.
If you have had a licence with us before, contact us to get an activation key which will allow you to view your past applications and save you re-entering all of your details.