All licensed premises must have a current Premises Certificate of Compliance (Alcohol). This certifies that the proposed use of the premises (for an alcohol licence) will meet the requirements of the Building Code and Resource Management Act 1991.
Check out our handy step-by-step guide to getting an alcohol licence [PDF, 1.4 MB].
Download and complete a Premise Certificate of Compliance application form [PDF, 61KB] before applying.
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The Premises Certificate of Compliance (Alcohol) – required by s100(f) of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act – informs prospective alcohol licence applicants of any Council requirements or consents they may need to comply with when planning and setting up their proposed business use. This includes any building, planning or environmental health requirements (e.g. noise).
You need to apply for a Premises Certificate of Compliance (Alcohol) if you are opening new licensed premises or where changing ownership of an existing business. Processing times for certificates can take up to five weeks.
It is important that you apply as soon as possible as we cannot accept the filing of your new licence application without the certificate being issued first.
We have introduced a new process for applying for these certificates effective from 1 March 2021. We will be having a three-month transition period for applicants to become familiar with the new process, filing timelines and to plan ahead.
You may also be required to apply for an update of your Premises Certificate of Compliance (Alcohol) if you are making changes to your business or building and applying for a variation of conditions on your alcohol licence (e.g. to trading hours that need a resource consent, or and extended licenced area with building alterations).
Having this certificate approved before applying for or making changes to your alcohol licence gives you certainty about what is required for your alcohol licence application and ensures you have the planning and building information you need.
The fee for Premises Certificate of Compliance (Alcohol) is $169.30. This is a council-set fee which is subject to review annually with changes taking effect from 1 July each year. View all alcohol licensing fees.
When you submit your application form and documents you will be emailed an invoice for payment. Application fees are non-refundable and must be paid when you apply for your certificate before we can process your application.
Payments can be made by cash or EFTPOS/Credit Card at a service desk or by internet banking. Internet banking account and reference details can be found on the invoice.
As banks are phasing cheques out, we will no longer be able to accept payments by cheque after 30 April 2021. For other payment options please contact a Technical Officer in the Alcohol Licensing Team on 03 941 8999 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can only process your application once we have both the fee proof of payment and the required application form and documents.
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