Alcohol licensing

Applying for licences

You need to get in touch with Council if you are applying for on, off, club and special licences and managers’ certificates. All applications will be decided by the Southland District Licensing Committee.

The new Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 came into effect on 18 December 2013.

If you are a bar owner or operator, club manager, restaurateur or manager of a venue where alcohol will be sold or supplied, you need to be familiar with the laws and regulations that apply to the sale and supply of alcohol.

To find out more about the changes the Health Promotion Agency has fact sheets for:

Applying for a licence to sell or supply alcohol [PDF, 284 KB]

Bars & restaurants [PDF, 186 KB]

Clubs [PDF, 183 KB]

Bottle stores [PDF, 160 KB]

Alcohol promotions on on-licensed premises [PDF, 125 KB]

Alcohol promotions on off-licensed premises [PDF, 880 KB]

For further information about the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 please visit the Ministry of Justice (external link) .

Alcohol licensing forms and checklists are available for you to view and download from our website.

If you require any assistance completing the forms or would like to make an appointment with a licensing inspector call 0800 732 732

View public notices for premises currently applying for new licences and renewals here

Who to contact

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

Other alcohol enforcement agencies

Alcohol Regulatory & Licensing Authority
Private Bag 32 001,
Featherston Street,
Wellington 6146
(04) 462 6660

Alcohol Harm Reduction
Invercargill Police Station
117 Don St
PO Box 808, Invercargill
(03) 211 0400

Public Health South
Public Health South
92 Spey Street,
PO Box 1601, Invercargill
(03) 211 0900