Licensing

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 introduced changes to some licensing rules and licensing fees.

Fee system for alcohol licensing

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 aims to ensure licensing costs are met by the alcohol industry rather than ratepayers.

Special licences

A special licence allows the sale or supply of alcohol at certain events (for example, a food and wine festival or some types of private functions in public venues).

Serving alcohol on ANZAC Day

Returned Services Associations (RSAs) that hold a club licence can serve alcohol early on ANZAC Day to members and their guests.

However, they need to apply for a special licence if they plan to serve alcohol to members of the public.

Rugby World Cup 2019 Extended Trading Hours

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Rugby World Cup 2019 Extended Trading Hours) Amendment Act 2019 received Royal assent on 30 August 2019.

As the 2019 Rugby World Cup games will be played in Japan, time zone differences will mean some games will be broadcast in New Zealand outside the permitted trading hours for some premises. These amendments to the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 will permit club licence and on-licence holders to extend their permitted trading hours if they intend to televise games during the Rugby World Cup.

More information can be found in the factsheet Rugby World Cup 2019 Extended Trading Hours [PDF, 114 KB]

Notification template for licences - Rugby World Cup 2019 [PDF, 211 KB]

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