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Parks and open spaces events

A licence may be required for events held in public spaces if entertainment is being provided or alcohol being sold or supplied.

Temporary Event Notices relate to:

  • temporary events with less than 500 attendees where licensable activities (sale/supply of alcohol, provision of entertainment, sale of hot food/drinks after 11pm) will take place and a premises licence is not held

  • licensed premises that wish to vary their licensable activities for an event

Note: If you intend to hold an event with more than 500 attendees you will need to apply for a premises licence

Personal Licence holders may apply for up to 50 temporary event notices per year for events at premises with no licence or premises holding a licence that does not cover planned activities.

Non-personal licence holders may apply for up to five temporary event notices per year without the need for a personal licence.

Each event may last no longer than 168 hours and there must be at least 24 hours between events. No premises will be granted more than 15 temporary event notices per year or for a total of more than 21 days per year.

If your requirements are greater than the restrictions described above you will need to apply for a premises licence. Early notice should be given of major events to allow all parties to discuss operating schedules with the organisers well before a formal application is received.

Please note there are no parks and open spaces to let out in North Dorset.


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