This authorises a transition period when a business is sold to allow the new owner of a licensed premise to trade on an existing licence until they obtain a new licence in their own name.
Download and complete a temporary authority application form. Under this authority you can continue to sell alcohol under the existing licence conditions.
A temporary authority is normally issued for three months. A temporary authority cannot be issued to a club.
Documents required with your application are:
Licensees selling your business: We encourage you to contact us and talk with us early about transition arrangements, e.g. annual fees will still be due on the existing licence until a new licence is issued.
New owners: Your temporary authority application should be lodged at least 15 working days before the takeover date. You cannot sell alcohol until the temporary authority has been issued.
Lodge your application as early as possible before the takeover date. If all relevant information is received and the Inspector and Police have no objection, a temporary authority normally can be issued within that 10-day period.
Please read the checklist on the form to make sure you include all the extra documents we need with your application. Incomplete applications will be returned.
For assignment of any existing Council footpath leases for the business included under the existing licence, please contact the Council's property leasing team directly to arrange.
View Alcohol licensing fees [PDF, 1.6 MB]. The fees for processing your application are non-refundable and must be paid when you apply for your licence.
For a temporary authority to be issued, the existing licence needs to be kept current, so any annual licence fees that are due must be paid and the licence must not be surrendered by the existing licensee.
Most fees are set by the regulations. However, any fees set by Council may be subject to annual review and any changes take effect on 1 July each year.
Payments can be made by cash, cheque, or EFTPOS.
For other payment options please contact directly a Technical Officer in the Alcohol Licensing Team to discuss and for more information, ph 03 941 8999 or email@example.com .
NB: We can only process your applications once we have both the Proof of Payment of fees and the required paperwork (application form and required documents).
View a summary of this page on the Alcohol licensing fees information sheet [PDF, 1.6 MB]. [PDF, 1.6 MB]
When alcohol is available for sale to the public, a manager who holds a current Manager’s Certificate must be on duty at all times. When operating under your temporary authority you will need to either:
If you are new to the alcohol industry it can take up to six months for you to undergo the required training, and gain enough experience to obtain a General Manager’s Certificate. You should bear this in mind when considering the staffing of your new business. A temporary authority cannot be issued if you do not have an experienced duty manager for your premises.
A temporary authority can only be issued for up to three months and during this time you need to obtain your own licence. You need to apply for your new licence as soon as possible:
These links give more information about responsibilities for operating under the type of licence you will be operating, if granted, your temporary authority under:
A change in ownership of the business will also mean you need to apply for a new Notice of Registration for the preparation and sale of food. Applications for this registration can be found under the Food Licensing information on this site.
Questions about your Food Premises Registration application should be emailed directly to the Food Safety Team Healthlicensing@ccc.govt.nz or phone the Council on 03 941 8999 and ask for the Food Safety Team.