It is important we make sure you have an alcohol licence that suits the style of your business. Some changes to your business may need a variation to your licence conditions.

Apply to change your licence

Download and complete a variation or cancellation of conditions of licence application form [PDF 2.2MB].

This application needs a lodgement meeting and cannot be submitted online.

Examples of this are:

  • increasing your trading hours
  • increasing or decreasing the size of your licensed area or layout, including the size of restaurant and bar areas in relation to the rest of the premises
  • having an outdoor area
  • changing the general nature of your business.

Please talk to the licensing inspectors early in your planning before you make any changes to your business or premises so we can help you work through this process and give you advice. 

You can request a variation at any time or as part of the renewal of your licence. With these types of changes, you may be required to also apply for a Premises Certificate of Compliance (Sale of Alcohol) as there may be building or resource management requirements that need to be met. Please refer to our step-by-step guide [PDF, 1.4 MB].

View the working days specified in the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act that could affect the processing time of variations or cancellations of an alcohol licence.

To file your change for variation application you need to talk with us first and you may need to make an appointment for a lodgement meeting with an inspector.

View alcohol licensing fees.  The fees vary depending on the cost/risk rating of each premise based on style of licence, hours and enforcements in the last 18 months.

Refer to the alcohol licence fee(external link) information to find out what fees will apply to your license under the new conditions you are requesting. 

Application fees are non-refundable and must be paid when you apply for your licence.  

Most alcohol licensing fees are set by regulations. Any fees set by Council are subject to annual review with any changes taking effect on 1 July each year.

You will need to have an invoice from us first before you can make your payment. This will be provided to you when you file your application documents.

Payments can be made by cash or EFTPOS/credit card at a service desk or by internet banking.  Internet banking payment account and reference details can be found on your invoice. For internet banking you will need to provide proof of payment that includes confirmation of the payment details (e.g. a screenshot of the completed transaction).

We can only process your applications once we have both the proof of payment of fees and the required application form and documents.

Note: 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 alcohollicensing@ccc.govt.nz.

View a summary of this page on the Alcohol licensing fees information sheet. [PDF, 98 KB]

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