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Last updated 14 October 2020

Liquor Licencing application close-off dates for Christmas, New Year and Waitangi Day 2020/2021

Alcohol Licencing - 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 Act 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 20 December in one year and ending with 15 January in the next year.

Liquor licencing close of dates – 2020/2021

The following deadlines apply for ALL liquor licencing applications, including special licence applications for Christmas, New Year's Eve and Waitangi Day: 

  • If your event date is between 20 December 2020 and 13 February 2021, you must make your application by 20 November 2020 at the latest, to ensure it can be processed, granted and issued to you before 20 December 2020. 

  • As New Year's Eve comes on the same date every year,  late notice applications are unlikely to be accepted as the need for a special licence can be reasonably foreseen.​

If you have an event on or after 14 February 2021​, the 18th of January 2021 is the last day for submitting an application (It is recommended you file your application before 20 December 2020 because of the non-working day period from 20 December to 15 January).

​Waitangi Day 2021

As we do not count the days from 20 December to 15 January this also means that all special licence applications for Waitangi Day, 6 February 2021 must be received by 20 November 2020 at the latest.

We encourage you to apply early as this is our busiest period for processing applications.

Covid-19 - Extended processing times for liquor licenses ​

Due to the current circumstances and the impacts of Covid-19 on the Police and the Medical Officer of Health there has been an extension made to the processing time for all liquor applications until 24 September 2020. Reports provided by the Police and the Medical Officer of Health can now take up to 30 working days to process (previously this was 15 working days).

If you have questions regarding this please contact Bernadine Lombaard on 027 283 0347 or​​

Page reviewed: 14 Oct 2020 2:34pm