Before you make an application
While you're applying for a licence, you may need our advice. Please get in touch and make an appointment at least a day in advance to see us.
You should apply to Hutt City Council (your local District Licensing Committee) only if your business is based within the boundaries of Lower Hutt. This includes Wainuiomata, Petone and Eastbourne.
There are two types of special licences:
On-site special licences – allows the holder of the licence to sell and supply alcohol at a premises (or conveyance) for consumption at that premises or conveyance eg halls, tents, buses, etc
Off-site special licences – allows the holder of the licence to sell alcohol at an event for consumption elsewhere: for example, a stall at a fair only selling alcohol to be taken away.
- A special licence must be for an occasion(s), event(s) or social gathering(s) and not merely for an extension of hours
- Food, non-alcoholic refreshments and free water must be available during the function or event covered by the special licence
- Where the premises aren't owned by the applicant, the owner of the premises must attach a letter to the effect that the owner has no objection to the granting of the licence
- We may also require a certified manager to be appointed
- You need to supply details about alternative forms of transport from the event, and what food and non alcoholic beverages you'll supply at the event
- You should discuss functions being held in community halls with the licensing inspector for the area before you send in your application
- BYO functions are not permitted in Council halls, but an exemption may be considered for events such as small family gatherings, birthdays and weddings where adequate security arrangements are in place
- Please supply full details of security measures for entrance to the venue (i.e. door security), and for the supervision and control of the event
- You'll also need to provide:
- Copies of tickets, invitations, guest lists and/or any promotional material for the event
- A copy of your alcohol management plan (for events with more than 400 people)
- A copy of the site layout or area and marquees etc (if the event is outside)
- A copy of the floor plan of the premises or the conveyance highlighting restricted or supervised areas and the principal entrance
Make an application
All licence applications and supporting documentation need to be sent to us in triplicate, on A4 or A3 sized paper only. Documents must not be bound.
When you're ready to make an application, you'll need to fill in the following form:
Application for special licence (PDF 200 kb)
When you submit your application to us, we'll let you know any additional information you need to provide to support the application.
Processing your application
Once we have received your completed application, we run a Police check. If we don't receive any objections, we'll then approve your application. If objections are received your application may require a hearing.
How long will it take?
We need a minimum of 20 working days to process your application.
How much does it cost?
Look up our fees framework (PDF 43 kb) to see what your licence may cost.