Alcohol licensing

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Alcohol licensing

To obtain an alcohol licence you must first ensure that:

  • you have the correct licence for the type of premises (on, off or club) and;
  • at least one person holds a managers certificate under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.

Check out  this guide [PDF from alcohol.org.nz] on applying for a licence to sell or supply alcohol. It's for people applying for any type of new or renewed licence and leads you through the application and hearings process under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.

Types of licence

To sell or supply alcohol either as a business, club, or at a special event, you must apply for the appropriate licence.

 There are four types of licence:

  • On Licence (pub, restaurant, cafe, bar)
  • Off Licence (bottle store, supermarket)
  • Club Licence (sports club, RSA, working men's club)
  • Special Licence (events and functions)

An on-licence, off-licence, or club licence is granted initially for one year and then can be renewed every three years. Special licences are granted per event or for a series of events.

A separate application must be submitted for each type of licence, along with a non-refundable fee and requirements for specific additional documentation. If you are taking over an existing licensed premises that already has a licence you will need to apply for a temporary authority to cover you while you're waiting for your new licence to be issued.

On, off, and club licences are also subject to an annual fee on their anniversary.

Alcohol licence applications are at the bottom of this page.

Timeframes when applying for a licence 

Complete applications will always be processed as quickly as possible. However applicants are recommended to allow six weeks for an application to be processed to provide the maximum opportunity for an application to be granted.

While the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 requires special licences to be filed a minimum of 20 working days prior to the event, applicants must be aware that this is an absolute minimum and does not guarantee an application will be granted within this timeframe. Particularly for large events with multiple applications, or where applications are incomplete. 

The Act allows 15 working days for the reporting agencies (Police and Medical Officer of Health) to report on licence applications. Then the Licensing Inspector is required to report on the application. Then the application goes to an independent body, the District Licensing Committee, for determination.

In many cases a short timeframe is insufficient to resolve any issues that may arise as the application goes through this process.

What does an Alcohol Licence allow?

It allows the licensee to sell alcohol according to the conditions of the licence.

Conditions cover such things as:

  • who alcohol can be sold to
  • the hours and days alcohol can be sold
  • who is allowed on the premises
  • the range of food, non-alcohol and low-alcohol drinks to be provided
  • provision of information about alternative transport arrangements.

It is against the law for a licensee or their staff to sell alcohol to anyone who is intoxicated, to allow a person to become intoxicated, or serve alcohol to anyone under the age of 18 years. There are heavy penalties for these offences. 

Fees

The fees for licences and certificates are set under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Regulations 2013 and vary depending on the type of licence or certificate being sought.

Licensing Committee decisions

The Waipa District Licensing Committee is an independent committee whose role is to determine all licence and managers certificate applicants and respective renewal applications within the Waipa District.

Objecting to a licence application

Here you can find help on whether to make an official objection to an application for a new or renewed alcohol licence in your community and if you decide to go ahead, how to go about it.

It sets out how to object to a licence to sell or supply alcohol, what to include in your objection, and the processes that you need to follow.

View objecting to a licence to sell or supply alcohol

Local Alcohol Policy

Under the Sale and Supply Alcohol Act 2012, Council developed a policy to establish our positions on licensing matters such as the location, number and trading hours of licensed premises.​​​​​

 Local Alcohol Policy [PDF, 500KB, 21 ​pages]​

Additional documents

Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012

On 18 December, 2013 the full provisions of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 came  into force, meaning major changes for those involved in the hospitality industry.

 Summary of major changes

Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority Annual report 

The report covers an overview of the Waipa District Licensing Committee and details the workload, initiatives, local alcohol policy, legislation and enforcement.

 Annual report to Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority 2015/16  ​​



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