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Special Licences - Events over the Christmas/ Summer period

10 Nov 2015, 8:56 AM

Waitomo District Council wishes to advise that if you're holding an event this summer that will need a special licence, please plan ahead and apply as soon as possible.

Under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 (the Act), all applications must be made at least 20 working days before the event is held (although exceptions can be made for unforseen events such as funerals).

In particular, applications for special licences for events planned from mid December through to mid February must be lodged with the Waitomo District Licensing Committee by Thursday 19th November 2015.   That’s because under the Act, a 'working day' does not include weekends, statutory holidays or any day from 20 December and 15 January (inclusive).

The primary reason for this extra time is because additional criteria must be considered, such as how the proposed event will impact the good order and amenity of an area, any Local Alcohol Policy and the design and layout of the area for the proposed event.  The Waikato District Health Board must also report on all special licence applications.

If you have any queries please contact WDC on 0800 932 4357 or email info@waitomo.govt.nz