General Information

If you are selling and supplying liquor to the public you will need a liquor licence. You also need to be familiar with the laws and regulations that apply to liquor.

You must ensure that:

  • you have the correct licences
  • your managers have current certificates
  • you have a host responsibility policy in place to care for your patrons and staff

Christmas Processing Dates

Applications need to be received into Council on or before 22 November 2018 to be processed and granted prior to 20 December 2018.

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 does not recognise 20 December 2018 to 15 January 2019 as working days therefore 15 January 2019 will be the first day for applications to start being processed for the New Year, although you can submit your application prior to this date.

Host Responsibilities

The District Licensing Committee (DLC) is serious about promoting safe drinking environments. All premises need to have a host responsibility policy and implementation plan. Applicants and licences must demonstrate a commitment to these policies. More information on host responsibilities can be located in the various application packs.

Liquor licensing fees are set by the Ministry of Justice and can be found within the Schedule of Fees and Charges (Liquor licensing section) in the Resource & Links section.

Links to the District Plan 2004 and the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 are included in the Resource & Links section.

For further information please contact:

Jeremy Peat, Licensing Inspector
Ph: (04) 527 2169

Kareena Stewart, Liquor Licensing Administrator
Ph: (04) 527 2169

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Last updated on 01 Oct 2018