If you are planning to sell or supply alcohol at an event or function over the 2023-2024 Christmas / New Year period, you must obtain a special licence from the Whanganui District Licensing Committee.
Your special licence application must be received 20 working days before your event takes place – applications for some large events may require in excess of 25 working days. The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 section 5 states that working days do not include weekends, public holidays or the period from 20 December 2023 to 15 January 2024 inclusive.
If you are planning an event to be held over the 2023-2024 Christmas / New Year period, your application needs to be submitted no later than 5.00pm on Tuesday, 21 November 2023 to be processed and granted before Wednesday, 20 December 2023.
PLEASE NOTE: This means that special licence applications for Waitangi Day, Tuesday 6 February 2024, must be received no later than Wednesday, 13 December 2023.
If an on-licence, off-licence, club licence or manager’s certificate expires during the period 20 December 2023 through to 15 January 2024, you will also need to submit your application for renewal no later than 5.00pm on Tuesday, 21 November 2023.
For more information, please click here or call Whanganui District Council on 06 349 0001 and ask to speak with an alcohol licensing officer.