Event licences need 20 working days

Last updated 08:01 21/02/2014

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People organising an event at Easter which requires a special licence are reminded that they must apply for that licence as soon as possible.

The new Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, which came into force on December 18 last year, has changed the process for getting special licences with all applications now required to be in at least 20 working days before the event is held.

The only exception is for unforeseen events such as funerals.

Applications for licences for events planned for Easter must be lodged by March 21.

Under the new act, a "working day" does not include weekends and statutory holidays.

For further information on the new rules people are advised to contact the licensing inspector at their local council.


Gore District Council: Frances Shepherd – 03 209 0330

Invercargill City Council: Bernadette Kean – 03 211 1777

Southland District Council: Michael Sarfaiti – 0800 732 732

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