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Last updated 16 October 2019

Liquor Licencing Application Close off dates – Christmas Period 2019/2020

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.

Working days for lodging of licence 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.

Applications for the Christmas period 2019/2020:

  • If your event date is between 20 December 2019 and 13 February 2020, Council must receive your application by 20 November 2019 at the latest, to ensure it can be processed and granted and issued to you by 20 December 2019.

This applies to ALL liquor licence applications, including special licence applications for Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Waitangi Day.

We encourage you to apply early as this is our busiest period for processing applications. If you want the security of knowing whether your special licence will be granted, you should apply even earlier.

Page reviewed: 16 Oct 2019 9:15am