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Liquor Licensing

Temporary Note

Delays to Liquor Licensing Applications

Due to ongoing Covid Outbreak concerns Ministry of Health have advised to expect delays to processing Liquor License applications.

All Public Health Units have been instructed by Ministry of Health to cease all Business As Usual for an undetermined timeframe from today 11/10/2021, we will not be responding or processing any Liquor Licensing Applications due to our involvement in the current Covid-19 outbreak.

Please see Modification Order on NZ Gazette Epidemic Preparedness (Covid-19) Renewal Notice No2 2021.

Liquor Licences will be issued by the District Licensing Committee.

The requirement for licences and the criteria the Committee consider when granting them are set out in the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 and Regulations.

The Act and Regulations can be viewed at: Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012

A licence is issued to a named person, company or legal entity in relation to a premises or conveyance. Conveyances are vehicles such as aircraft, vessels, trains etc. A licence cannot be transferred from one person to another or from one premises or conveyance to another.

Contact Us if you plan on selling or supplying liquor to the public, as you will need to consider planning and building issues and any other rules specific to your area. You will also need to talk to us about any requirements for kitchen, bar and toilet facilities.