The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 defines working days and sacrosanct days that regulate time periods when you can apply for a licence and which days alcohol can be sold on licenced premises. The Act also gives deadlines for some applications types.

Working days for lodging of licence applications

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 defines a working day as a day that is not:

  1. A Saturday, a Sunday, Waitangi Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Anzac Day, the Sovereign's Birthday, or Labour Day; or
  2. A day in the period commencing on 20th December in one year and ending with 15th January in the next year.

Renewals

Renewal applications for licences and certificates should be lodged 20 working days before the expiry date of the current licence or certificate.  In no case may the application be filed after the licence has expired.  It is your responsibility to ensure renewals are received on time. If no renewal is received by the expiry date, your licence or certificate will be expired.  

For  premises licences this means you can no longer sell or supply alcohol or have it consumed or displayed on your premises. You will need to apply for a new licence and your application will be dealt with as a new application.

Special Licences

Special licence applications must be lodged 20 working days before the date of the Event being applied for, otherwise they may not be accepted by the District Licensing Committee (DLC) for consideration.  Short notice applications (made less than 20 working days before the event date) must be accompanied by a letter explaining the reason for lateness for DLC consideration. You need to have a good reason as the Act refers to the reason for lateness as "could not reasonably have been foreseen". 

New premises licence applications or applications for Variation of licence conditions

New premises licence applications or applications for Variation of licence conditions should be lodged to allow for at least 6 weeks for public notification, processing and reporting on your application, and issuing of decision on your licence. 

  • This includes taking account of all non-working day periods including as explained above. 
  • Applications made in November/December - If you wish to receive a decision on your application before the Christmas period please ensure you have an application lodged with us by 21 November 2017 at the latest due to the non-working day period from 20 December to 15 January each year.
  • Note this is our busiest time for processing special licence applications.
  • Note the time period required for processing may be longer if there are oppositions or objections received for your application.
  • Special licences dates and deadlines for 2017-18.

Sacrosanct Day trading for licensed premises 2017

  • Good Friday – 14 April 2017
  • Easter Sunday – 16 April 2017
  • ANZAC Day – Tuesday 25 April 2017
  • Christmas Day - Monday 25 December 2017

Please note:  The Shop Trading Hours Act 1990, referring to Easter Sunday trading, does not override the requirements for the sale of alcohol under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 and the requirements for a special licence on sacrosanct days.

Other Public Holidays

  • Waitangi Day -  Monday 6 February 2017. This is not a sacrosanct day.
  • In years where this day falls at a weekend the transferable public holiday for the public holiday is the following is on Monday.

Off-licences

Premises holding an Off-licence are not permitted to sell alcohol on Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day, or before 1.00 pm on Anzac day.

All on-licences

No alcohol is to be sold on Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day, or before 1.00pm on Anzac day to any person other than those who are:

  • for the time being living on the premises
  • present on the premises for the purpose of dining.

Casual drinking is not permitted. This includes restaurants.


2017 Special Licence Dates and Deadlines

Waitangi Day 2017

  • This also means that all Special Licence applications for Waitangi Day 6 February 2017 must have been received by 12 December 2016

Easter and ANZAC Day 2017

If you are planning a special event for any of these sacrosanct days and require an alcohol special licence:

  • All applications must be made at least 20 working days before the event is held, otherwise they may not be accepted by the District Licensing Committee for consideration. (please refer additional information above)
  • Therefore any event planned in 2017 for:
    • Easter 2017  - applications must be received by Thursday 16 March 2017.
    • ANZAC Day 2017 -  applications must be received by Thursday 23 March 2017.

Christmas and New Years Eve 2017 and January and February 2018

  • For Summer 2016-17 deadlines please see the Tri-Agency Newsletter Summer 2016-17 Special Licences [PDF, 1.1 MB].
  • Special licence applications must be lodged 20 working days before the date of the Event being applied for.  We encourage you to apply early as this is our busiest period for processing applications. If you want the security of knowing whether your special licence will be granted before you start advertising you should apply even earlier. 

Summer 2017/2018

As a guide, the following deadlines for special licence applications apply for summer 2017-18: 

  • The period commencing on 20 December 2017 and ending with 15 January 2018 is a non-working day period for all Alcohol Licensing applications.
  • If your event date is between 19 December 2017 and 23 January 2018, you must make your application by 21 November 2017,  to ensure they can be processed and granted and issued to you by 20 December 2016.  This includes all Special Licence applications for Christmas and New Years Eve. Or carefully check at least 20 working days.
  • If your event date is between 22 January 2018 and 29 January 2018, you must make your application by 28 November 2017. Or carefully check at least 20 working days.
  • If your event date is between 30 January 2018 and 14 February 2018, you must make your application by 6 December 2017. Or carefully check at least 20 working days.

2018 Special Licence Dates and Deadlines

Waitangi Day 2018

  • This also means that all Special Licence applications for Waitangi Day 6 February 2017 must have been received by 12 December 2017

Easter and ANZAC Day 2018

If you are planning a special event for any of these sacrosanct days and require an alcohol special licence:

  • All applications must be made at least 20 working days before the event is held, otherwise they may not be accepted by the District Licensing Committee for consideration. (please refer additional information above)
  • Sacrosanct Day trading for 2018
    • Good Friday – 30 March 2018
    • Easter Sunday – 1 April 2018
    • ANZAC Day – Wednesday 25 April 2018
  • Therefore any event planned in 2018 for:
    • Easter 2018  - applications must be received by Thursday 1 March 2018.
    • ANZAC Day 2018 -  applications must be received by Friday 23 March 2018.