Deadline for Application of a Special Licence Looms

The Waimakariri District Council is reminding organisations and businesses planning an event over Christmas or New Year where alcohol is being served, that the deadline to apply for a Special Licence is Friday 20 November.

Barman making drinks at a barUnder the Sale and Supply of Liquor Act 2012, all applications must be made at least 20 working days before the event is held, allowing the Police, Medical Officer of Health and Council time to process the application. This means the statutory clock stops on Sunday 20 December to allow for the 20 working day period.

Your special licence application will be processed in time for your event, but it’s important that we get the 20 working days to allow for the Licencing Committee to receive reports from the Police and Medical Officer for Health” and Licensing Inspector.

It's important to note that a 'working day' does not include weekends, statutory holidays or any day between 20 December and 15 January 2021 (inclusive).

The Council will receive applications for Special Licences through to Wednesday 23 December 2020, and again from Monday 5 January 2021 when the Council offices re-open. However, the statutory clock will not start until Friday 15 January.

A Special Licence is required if alcohol is being sold or supplied and guests pay for the alcohol either by purchasing or ordering from a bar, by a ticket system, or where the cost of the alcohol is included in the price of entry.

The Police, Medical Officer of Health, and Licensing Inspector do not have to process applications until after 15 January 2020. After Friday 15 January the clock starts (20 working days) to process Special Licences.

Find out more about applying for a licence here.