You need to apply for a special licence if you are:
- Selling alcohol at an event
- Including alcohol in a ticket price or as part of a service
- Supplying alcohol free of charge, at either a ticketed event or one where donations are being collected
- Private event such as a wedding or birthday celebration
Do you need a special alcohol licence?
You do not need to apply for a special license if alcohol is being supplied free of charge, or guests are bringing their own to a private event, as long as the event is not open to the public, and there is no cover/door charge for the private event.
In this instance, complete the Notification of Social Event form and submit it to us at least 10 days before the event.
If your event, or part of your event, is being held in a Public Place where alcohol is to be consumed, dispensation from Council is required to allow for this.
Form: Notification for a BYO Event
We send your completed notification form to the New Zealand Police (Far North District) who may carry out monitoring of the event. There is no fee for this and no license is issued.
If you also apply for dispensation for alcohol to be consumed in a Public Place, this application is forwarded to our Council's District Facilities Department. You will be notified if your application has been approved or not. There is no fee for this.
There are some restrictions on when BYO is permitted at events. Our special license flowchart can assist you, if you are unsure of the requirements.
Special license flowchart(PDF, 288KB)