Special licence applications over Christmas/New Year

13 December 2019, 11:59 PM

Special Licence Applications

Are you planning to hold an event where you want to sell or supply alcohol over the Christmas and New Year period?

Then here are some things you need to know:

  • If your event is between 19 December 2019 and 23 January 2020 you must make your application by 22 November 2019 at the latest to ensure it can be processed and issued to you before Christmas.

  • Because we do not count the days between 12 December 2019 and 15 January 2020 this also means that special licence applications for Waitangi Day, 6 February 2020, must be received by 13 December 2019 at the latest.

  • Special licence applications must be received at least 20 working days* (preferably more) before your event date

  • Late applications won’t be accepted

    *Working days don't include public holidays, weekends and the period from 20 December to 15 January inclusive.

    If your application is contested (opposed or objected to), it will go to a hearing in front of the District Licensing Committee and any decision about your application will take longer.

    Need advice? Contact us if you have any questions, email askus@fndc.govt.nz  or phone us at 0800 920 029.