SUMMER LIQUOR LICENSING
If you’re holding an event this summer and you’re planning to provide alcohol, you will need a special licence – so plan ahead and apply as soon as possible. From 18 December this year, the process for getting a special licence will change when the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 comes fully into force. In the past, people have often left it late to apply for a special licence, something that was allowed under the old Sale of Liquor Act. Under the new law, all applications must be made at least 20 working days before the event is held (although exceptions can be made for unforeseen events, such as funerals). In particular, applications for special licences for events planned for mid-February 2014 or earlier must be lodged before 18 December. That’s because under the new Act (and the previous Sale of Liquor Act 1989), a ‘working day’ does not include weekends, statutory holidays or any day from 20 December to 15 January (inclusive). Visit the Council’s website for more information. Use the keyword ‘alcochange’ and sign up to our District Licensing Committee newsletter so we can keep you up to date.