Special licenses, consents or applications might be required if you sell alcohol, provide food, set up temporary structures or amusement devices at your event.
Alcohol licences for events
If you are holding an event where alcohol will be sold or consumed, then you may require a special licence.
We encourage you to contact our event facilitation team in the first instance to discuss the event’s feasibility and to offer advice and guidance on the next steps to take.
Please note that special licence applications must be lodged a minimum of 20 workings days before the date of your event. For larger events, we recommend lodging your application 3 to 6 months in advance to ensure that your special licence is approved in time.
The period commencing on 20 December 2016 and ending with 15 January 2017 is recognised as a non-working day period for all alcohol licensing applications. This means that if you are applying for a special licence for an event being held between 20 December 2016 and 5 February 2017 (inclusive), you will need to lodge your application no later than Monday 14 November 2016.
Some areas in Tauranga have permanent or temporary liquor bans in place.
Tauranga alcohol free-zones
Some private functions may require a special licence. We encourage you to contact our event facilitation team in the first instance, who will be able to offer advice.
Caterers providing alcohol at events
Some caterers are able to provide liquor at events, depending on the conditions of their Licence. We encourage you to contact our event facilitation team in the first instance, who will be able to talk through the details of your event and offer advice.
Food at events
If you are planning to sell food at your event, it is important that you are aware of the changes associated with the Food Act 2014, which came into effect on 1 March 2016. More information on food at events
Temporary structures at events
If you are having temporary structures at your event, you may need to obtain a Building Consent if you are using any of the following:
- Marquee over 100m2
- Stage over 1.5m high
- Scaffold structure that provides access to public or is over 100m2
- Portable building over 10m2
- Temporary artwork over 6 square meters in surface area and exceeding 3m in height
Please note that building consents must be lodged a minimum of 20 workings days before the date of your event. For events that are having larger or more complex infrastructure, we recommend lodging your application 3-6 months in advance to ensure that your building consent is granted in time.
Amusement Devices at events
Prior to seeking permission to operate an amusement device in Tauranga the operator must provide to Council;
- A completed application to operate an amusement device (see below);
- a copy of the current NZ Work Safe certificate of registration for the device in question;
- the appropriate fees and;
- a minimum of 10 working days’ notice to arrange a site inspection.
Application received in less than 10 working days may be rejected.
Upon receipt of the above Council will arrange a suitable time for a site inspection to assess any risk of subsidence of the ground, sufficient clearance between any part of the device, suitable protective fencing or barriers and compliance with any local bylaws. A permit to operate can then be issued.
Land borne inflatable amusement devices
Operators of land borne inflatable amusement devices (e.g. bouncy castles, inflatable slides) must be able to demonstrate how the risk to health and safety associated with their use will be managed. All land borne inflatable amusement devices operating on Tauranga City Council land must be approved by Council’s Health and Safety team. If you are planning to have a land borne inflatable amusement device at your event, we encourage you to contact our event facilitation team in the first instance, who will offer advice and guidance on the next steps to take.
Last Reviewed: 11/04/2018