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Types of alcohol license

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Special Licence Deadlines for December 2022, January 2023, and February 2023

If you wish to apply for a special license for an event over the Christmas – New Year period, please note that your application for a Special license must be filed at least 20 working days before the day of the event. Under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, the days between 20 December 2022 and 15 January 2023 (inclusive) are not counted as working days.

This means that you may need to apply for your Special license for an event in this period earlier than usual.

If your event is due to occur between 20 December 2022 and 16 January 2023 (inclusive), you will need to have applied for your Special License by Monday 21 November 2022.

Other time frames to apply for your Special license are:

Date of EventApply By
17 January 202322 November 2022
18 January 202323 November 2022
19 January 202324 November 2022
20 January 2023 25 November 2022
21,22 & 23 January 2023 28 November 2022
24 January 2023 29 November 2022
25 January 202330 November 2022
26 January 20231 December 2022
27 January 20232 December 2022
28, 29 & 30 January 20235 December 2022
31 January 20236 December 2022
1 February 2023 7 December 2022
2 February 20238 December 2022
3 February 2023 9 December 2022
4, 5, 6 &7 February 202312 December 2022
8 February 202313 December 2022
9 February 202314 December 2022
10 February 202315 December 2022
11, 12, & 13 February 202316 December 2022
14 February 202319 December 2022
15 February 2023  16 January 2023

To sell or supply alcohol, either as a business, club or at a special event, you must apply for the appropriate alcohol license. 

There are four types of license:

  • On-license – for sale and consumption of alcohol on the premises, eg hotels, taverns, night clubs, restaurants
  • Off-license – for sale for consumption off the premises, eg bottle shops, supermarkets, grocery stores
  • Club license – for sale and consumption of alcohol on club premises to members of the club, their guests and members of affiliated clubs
  • Special license – for sale at specific occasions or events

A license is issued to a named person, company or legal entity in relation to a premises or conveyance. Conveyances are vehicles such as aircraft, vessels, trains etc.  A license cannot be transferred from one person to another, or from one premises or conveyance to another.

Contact us if you plan on selling or supplying alcohol to the public, as you will need to consider planning and building issues and any other rules specific to your area. You will also need to talk to us about any requirements for kitchen, bar and toilet facilities.

Getting your alcohol license

When alcohol is being sold there is a requirement that a manager is appointed to manage the conduct of the sale of alcohol. Managers must hold a manager’s certificate issued by a District Licensing Committee.

If you wish to apply for a license, download the appropriate application form and post it into us. If you want to see pending alcohol licensing decisions, visit the Alcohol Licensing Applications page. For a list of alcohol licensing decisions made by the District Licensing Committee, visit the Alcohol Licensing Decisions page.

Licenses and manager's certificates are issued for an initial period of 12 months and then renewed for three years. While there is no obligation to do so, we will send out renewal application forms approximately two months before the license or certificate is due to expire. However it is the licensee’s responsibility to ensure that an application for renewal is made before the license is due to expire. We cannot accept applications for renewal after the license has expired.

When businesses are sold, the new owner must apply for a temporary authority to allow them to continue trading under the terms of the existing license while they apply for their own license.

Alcohol Control Bylaw