Once your application is accepted by the Alcohol Licensing Team there are a number of steps to processing your application for an alcohol licence.
Within 10 working days of lodging your application you must place notice of your application in a conspicuous place on or adjacent to your premises.
Within 20 working days of lodging your application you are required to give public notice of the application. We will tell you how to publicly notify your application.
Objections to the licence must be filed with the Alcohol Licensing Team within 15 working days of the first public notice.
We will provide you with the information to be included in these notices.
- A Saturday, a Sunday, Waitangi Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Anzac Day, the Sovereign's Birthday, or Labour Day; or
- A day in the period commencing on 20th December in one year and ending with 15th January in the next year.
The Police, Medical Officer of Health and Inspector will look into your application and provide a report. This will include an inspection of your premises.
They will take into account:
The District Licensing Committee will decide whether to issue the licence and what conditions it should contain.
If there are objections from any of the agencies or valid public objections the application will be heard at a public hearing by the District Licensing Committee. For further information on the role of District Licensing Committees(external link) and the Alcohol Licensing Regulatory Authority (external link)(ARLA) please also see the Health Promotion Agency web information.
You can apply for your alcohol licence before your premises are finished. The Council’s Alcohol Licensing Team can start processing your application, but no licence will be issued until you provide whatever clearances are necessary with regard to building work. You will still require a Certificate of Compliance (under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012), which includes consent from the landlord if required, before you can apply.
If you are selling food you require a Notice of Registration under the Food Act 2014.