Online special licence application

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This application form can be used for either:

An on-site special licence where alcohol will be consumed on the premises where the event is occurring.


An off-site special licence where alcohol will be consumed off (away from) the premises where the event is occurring.

Submitting this form begins the application process and we will be in contact to clarify further details. The application will be processed once fees have been paid.

If, in the opinion of the territorial authority, your event is of a different class to which you have applied you may be required to pay the difference in fees.

To process your application, we must receive the correct fee and it must be paid 20 working days prior to the event. The fee is not refundable or transferable.

NOTE: Applications must be submitted separately for On or Off and are subject to their own fees.

An application for a special licence MUST be lodged at least 20 WORKING DAYS before the day the event(s) is to be held.

For large events it is recommended applications are to be lodged at least 30 working days before the event(s) to ensure a decision is made before the event.

working day means a day of the week other than —

  1. a Saturday, a Sunday, Waitangi Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Anzac Day, the Sovereign’s birthday, and Labour Day; and
  2. if Waitangi Day or Anzac Day falls on a Saturday or a Sunday, the following Monday;
  3. a day in the period commencing on 20 December in any year and ending with 15 January in the following year.

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 guarantees reporting agencies 15 working days to report on an application. Applications are then reported on by a Licensing Inspector, and passed to the independent District Licensing Committee for consideration. An applicant must allow time for this process. Applications with objections may require further information to be supplied, or require a public hearing. The District Licensing Committee cannot guarantee the granting of any application.

First day if event covers multiple days
First day if event covers multiple days

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