Special Licences for the Christmas, New Year, and Summer Periods

If you’re planning to hold an event this summer that will require a special licence, make sure you plan ahead and apply as soon as possible.

If your event is planned any time from 20 December 2023 through to the middle of February 2024, the Christmas closure dates could affect your event.

All applications must be made at least 20 working days prior to the event taking place. This excludes weekends, public holidays and the period between 20 December and 15 January.

To avoid disappointment, please ensure you lodge and pay for your application no later than 13 November 2023. For any enquiries, please contact us via health@swdc.govt.nz or call 06 306 9611 and ask to speak to an alcohol inspector.

Find out more about alcohol licensing here.

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