New Zealand Alcohol Policies

Advice for Events

In New Zealand, the supply of alcohol is governed by the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, which delegates certain responsibilities to District Licensing Committees (DLCs). These committees publish guidelines regarding the supply of alcohol at events, such as this Christchurch City Council flowchart.

Ticketed Events such as Rails Camp have three options under these regulations if they wish to have alcohol:

The Ruby New Zealand committee can assist event organisers to select the best option and apply for the appropriate licenses.

Host Responsibility

As an event organiser, regardless of whether your event requires a special licence, you still have a responsibility to provide a safe drinking environment. This means having management plans that include:

If you have any questions about alcohol at Ruby New Zealand events, please get in touch with the committee. Thanks! 🍻