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Alcohol licensing

Extending trading hours for the Rugby World Cup 2023

Information for licensees on temporary changes to the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 for extended hours during the Rugby World Cup

Temporary amendments to the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 for the men's Rugby World Cup 2023 allow eligible on-licence and club licence holders to extend trading hours to televise live games from the tournament in France without the need to apply for a special licence.

The process for extended trading hours is very similar to amendments made in 2015 and 2019 - licence holders need to notify Gisborne District Council and the local Police station 7 days before to the game or games they wish to extend trading hours for. This year licensees also need to notify Gisborne District Council and Police to cancel their original notification, if you change your mind about extending the trading hours for a game or games. Police have a record-keeping requirement for the amendments.

The Act amendments set out specific requirements for licensees to be able to extend trading hours.

Please download and review the following information.

2023 RWC – Licensee Notification

2023 RWC - Display Notice

Submit your notification to extend trading hours for your premises through Business Connect.

You'll need a RealMe login (see instructions below). A RealMe verified identity isn't required.

Log in to Business Connect using your RealMe login Business Connect

if you don't have a RealMe login or it's your first time logging onto Business Connect, you'll need to verify your email address.

From the Business Connect dashboard, click 'Hospitality' tab, then 'Rugby World Cup extended trading hours' to start the form.

If you experience any technical difficulties using the Business Connect platform, please contact [email protected].
Or find check RealMe Support

For any further enquiries, please contact us [email protected]