Special Licences

Under section 137 of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 (the Act), you will need to get a special licence if you want to sell or supply alcohol at an event (or series of events). Applications must be made at least 20 working days before the event, however as special licences take time to process, you are strongly advised to apply well before the 20 working day period.

It's coming up to our busiest period for processing Special Licence applications. Please note deadlines below - we strongly encourage you to apply as early as possible to avoid any disappointment.

Timelines and trading days

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 specifies timelines, deadlines and non-working days that can impact on filing and assessment of alcohol licencing applications. The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 defines a working day as a day that is not:

  1. A Saturday, a Sunday, Waitangi Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Anzac Day, the Sovereign's Birthday, or Labour Day; or
  2. A day in the period commencing on 20th December in one year and ending with 15th January in the next year.

Special licence applications for the summer, 2018/2019

  • If your event date is between 19 December 2018 and 28 January 2019, you must make your application by 21 November 2018 at the latest, to ensure it can be processed and granted and issued to you by 19 December 2018. This includes all special licence applications for Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
  • If your event date is between 29 January 2019 and 13 February 2019, you must make your application by 4 December 2018 at the latest.

Waitangi Day 2019

  • All special licence applications for Waitangi Day 6 February 2019 must be received by 4 December 2018.
Page reviewed: 08 Oct 2018 4:12pm