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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.

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