A special licence allows for the sale and supply of alcohol at an event such as a street party or function. It can also be issued to a licensee for an extension of hours. It is issued for the one occasion only and cannot be renewed, however it can apply for more than one date covering the same type of event; for example for a two-day carnival. If alcohol is not sold at your event, or is not apart of a ticket price, then a special licence is not required. You can not get a special licence for a BYO (‘Bring your own Alcohol’) event or function.
Please note more time is required to process licence applications over the Christmas/ New Year period. This is because working days, which are part of the statutory processing time requirements, do not include the period from 20 December to 15 January, under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.
If you have an event before 1 February 2024, the application will need to be submitted and paid for by 5.00pm Wednesday 15 November 2023 to be processed before 20 December 2023.
It is important to note:
If your application is contested (opposed or objected to), it will go to a hearing in front of the District Licensing Committee and any decision about your application will take longer.
There are two types of special licences, on-site and off-site. On-site is for alcohol consumption on a premises or at an event. An off-site special licence is for consumption of alcohol off-site or to be taken away from the event, however you can have small samples for people at the event on-site. Only a manufacturer, distributor or wholesaler of alcohol can hold an off-site special licence.
For larger events (see the fees table at the bottom of this page) there is a requirement to have a Certified Duty Manager on duty at all times that alcohol is being sold. A detailed Alcohol Management Plan is required. View the Guidelines for Managing Alcohol at Large Events here. For a large event over 1000 people please also ensure you get your application to us as soon as possible as meetings may be required prior to the event being approved.Low and non-alcoholic options, water and substantial food must be provided at all events where alcohol is being sold.
If you are holding an event at which alcohol will be available, here are some handy responsible host tips:
Council requires at least twenty five working days for the processing of special licences, therefore an application has to be made at least 25 working days prior to the date of your event.
Licence Fees - Environmental Health Fees and Charges approved for 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2024.
All fees and charges are inclusive of GST (except as noted *).
|Alcohol Licensing||Fee (incl GST)|
|Note: Fees are set by regulation under Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. Please discuss the applicable fees for On, Off and Club Licence with the Alcohol Licensing Officer.|
|Special Licence Applications|
|Note: Large Event - 400 people (one large event / more than 3 medium events in a series / more than 12 small events in a series)|
|Note: Medium Event - between 100-400 people|
|Note: Small Event - under 100 people||1 to 2 small size events||$63.25||3 to 12 small, 1 to 3 medium size events||$207.00||All other special licenses / large events||$575.00|
|Other Applications||Managers Certificate Applications||$316.25||Variation of Licence||$368.00||Temporary Authority||$296.70|
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