You need to get in touch with Council if you are applying for on, off, club and special licences and managers’ certificates. In some cases, opposed applications will be sent to the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority.
There are many variables with alcohol licensing depending on the type of licence you wish to obtain, so before making an application, it is best to discuss it first with the licensing inspector. If the particular issue is covered by another regulatory agency then they can point you in the right direction.
Please feel free to ring or make an appointment with any of the following by calling 0800 732 732
Bruce Halligan, Group Manager Environment and Community
Michael Sarfaiti and Sarah Wilson
Other alcohol enforcement agency contacts:
Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority
Alcohol Harm Reduction
Public Health South
To sell alcohol at events and occasions, you need to apply for a special licence. Examples include race meetings, fundraisers, or sports matches.
Special licences are required to be considered by the medical officer of health, the police and licensing inspectors.
You need to ensure that your application is lodged with Council no later than 20 working days before the event.
Please download an application form from the licensing forms page.
New Zealand’s alcohol laws are changing on 18 December 2013.
The reforms aim to improve New Zealand’s drinking culture and reduce the harm caused by excessive drinking. This will mean changes for those in the industry.
To find out more about what the main alcohol law changes will mean for businesses click here (external link)
For information on managers certificates under the new law (including transitional arrangements and the LCQ bridging test) follow this link: Managers certificates - qualifications and training (external link)
To find out more about the changes visit the Health Promotion Agency’s website which has fact sheets for: