Alcohol licensing

Alcohol licensing helps regulate our drinking environments to avoid alcohol-related harm.

Upcoming meetings and hearings

  • There are no hearings currently scheduled.

 If you require more information or assistance with licensing processes, fees payment options information, or have a question or concern about an existing premise:

  • Phone the Council Alcohol Licensing Team on 03 941 8999 and ask to talk to a Technical Officer.
  • Email
  • Post to PO Box 73013 Christchurch.

Separate from objecting to a licence application, there are other ways in which members of the community can raise concerns or problems [PDF, 1.1 MB], such as noise, nuisance, vandalism or promotions. 

Check out the latest tri-agency newsletters for updates and information for licensees. 

Alcohol licences

If you want to sell or supply alcohol, you must hold a current alcohol licence.

Manager's certificate

Allows you to manage any licensed premises.

Timelines and trading days

Working and sacrosanct days that you can apply for a licence and can sell alcohol on licenced premises.

Alcohol licence fees

A schedule of fees relating to alcohol licensing applications and renewals.

Objecting to a grant of a licence

Members of the public can object to an application for an alcohol licence in some cases.

Host responsibility and alcohol promotions

Creating a responsible drinking environment and looking out for your customers.

Supplying food

Business with on-licences or club licences must have food available whenever they are selling alcohol.

Alcohol licence public notification

Applications for alcohol licences (new and renewal) must be notified to the public.

Alcohol bans

It is illegal to drink alcohol in public places in certain areas of Christchurch.

Christchurch tri-agency group newsletter

Latest information for alcohol licensees and duty managers.

Alcohol policies

Information on Council local alcohol policies.

District Licensing Committee

The District Licensing Committee consider and determine all new and renewal applications.

Annual Reports to ARLA

Christchurch DLC Annual Reports to the Alcohol Licensing Regulatory Authority (ARLA) in Wellington.

Christchurch Alcohol Action Plan

Strategies and actions for the non-regulated environment aimed at reducing alcohol harm.

Practice notes

Understand the District Licensing Committee’s approach to the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.

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