Apply Now for Special Liquor Licences

5 November 2013

Planning an event or function this summer with alcohol available for sale or supply? Apply now for your special liquor licence.

People socialising.

If you have an event over summer, apply now for a special liquor licence

From 18 December, decisions on all liquor licences will be made by the new District Licensing Committee but they won’t meet until late January.

So if you have an event planned in early 2014 (January - April) that requires a special licence, you should apply as soon as possible. Special licences will also take longer to be approved – up to four weeks instead of two.

You must apply for a special licence if you’re holding an event such as a:

  • wine tasting
  • bus, limo or train trip
  • function or party at hired premises, eg a hall or sports club
  • sports event
  • fundraiser
  • event which includes alcohol being supplied as part of the ticket price.

For more information, phone (04)499 4444 to speak to the Council’s public health team.