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.
Proposed amendment to Purbeck District Council's Statement of Licensing Policy
The Council as Licensing Authority are currently consulting on a proposed amendment to its Statement of Licensing Policy with regard to Temporary Event Notices.
Throughout the summer of 2016 both the Licensing Authority and the Council's Environmental Health Service noted an increase in the number of complaints being received in respect of events held under the authority of Temporary Event Notices. The majority of those complaints identified the frequency of events and the timings of regulated entertainment as the most sensitive areas of concern.
In response to those complaints an amendment is proposed to the Statement of Licensing Policy to highlight the Council's proposed approach to temporary events and the steps it intends to put in place to mitigate the impact of those events on the residents of the district.
The amended section 8 of the Licensing Policy and the proposed Environmental Health Protocol, both of which are attached to this email, are being considered by the Licensing Committee at its meeting on 2 March 2017 and your views on the proposals would be very much appreciated.
A consultation response form is below for your convenience and responses should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the address below by 16 February 2017.