When you need an alcohol special licence
You need an alcohol special licence if you are:
- selling alcohol at an event
- charging an entry fee or collecting donations where alcohol is being supplied for free.
- wine tastings
- private functions (birthdays, weddings)
- farmers' markets
- sporting events
- bus trips
- ticketed events
- functions in public venue where public access is not restricted.
Special licence for events spanning more than one day
You can get a special licence for an event that takes place over several days, as long as the event is the same in size, form and substance each day, and is all related.
- an event that takes place over several consecutive days, like a music festival or food and wine show
- an event that is spread out over time with gaps in between, like a sports tournament that takes place over four consecutive Saturdays.
If you have a number of events that are unrelated to each other, or different in size, form and substance, you will need to make individual applications for a special licence for each event - i.e. one application form per event.
When you don't need an alcohol special licence
You do not need a special licence when you are supplying alcohol or guests are bringing their own alcohol to a private event, as long as it is not open to the public.
This only applies to a private event where a family occasion is celebrated in a hired venue and guests bring their own alcohol or the host supplies it for free.
We can't issue a licence for BYO events.