Special Licence - Information and Application
Online Applications Now Live
We now have two types of applications for alcohol licensing available to complete online - Manager's Application (New and Renewal) and the Special Licence. Please click on the link to go to the start of the application process. At this time we are only able to accept payment via credit card.
Types of Special Licence
On Licence - Premises
This is the most common type of special licence. It means that you are selling alcohol at an event for consumption on the premises. A sale may also include selling tickets to an event which includes alcohol.
On Licence - Conveyance
A conveyance means an aircraft, coach (bus), ferry, hovercraft, ship, train, or other vehicle, used to transport people. It also includes part of a conveyance. This type of special licence applies where alcohol is being sold (or tickets being sold) for consumption on a conveyance.
Off Licence - Premises
This type of special licence is only available to a manufacturer, distributor, importer, or wholesaler of alcohol. It applies where alcohol is sold for consumption off site - such as a stall holder at an event.
Licence applications for events over the Christmas period
If you are wanting to apply for a special licence for an event over the Christmas- New Year period please note all special licences require 20 working days for processing. Special licences for events over the holiday period cannot be processed after 16 November unless exceptional circumstances apply where the event could not have been predicted earlier, eg funerals.
The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 has a close down period for processing of licence applications from 20 December to 15 January. We regret applications received late may not be able to be issued for events over the Christmas period.
The sale of alcohol to any member of the public requires a licence under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.