Members of the public can object to an application for an alcohol licence in some cases. Your objection must be in writing and must be sent to the Council’s Alcohol Licensing Team within 15 working days after the date of the first public notice.
Each Community Board in Christchurch also emails out weekly bulletins with information for community members, networks and groups in their area. This includes a list of the current alcohol licensing public notifications for the board area and a link to this website. You can sign up to receive those weekly bulletins under the Community Board webpage(external link)(external link) for the area you live in.
You can find more detailed information about what you can object to on the Health Promotion Agency website (external link)(external link)including a useful guide explaining the grounds and how to talk about your concerns. (external link)
(external link)Canterbury Community Law(external link)(external link) also assist with free information about making objections. Please contact them to ask for an introductory workshop for your Community Groups on Alcohol Licensing, or can run a community workshop for guidance for people interested in making objections on a particular application and to learn more about what happens with applications and hearings, and DLC decision making processes.
Separate from objecting to a licence application there are other ways in which members of the community can contact Council at any time to raise any concerns or problems you may have with an existing licenced premise, such as noise, nuisance, vandalism or specific promotions.
Read our brochure on alcohol licensing in the community [PDF, 1.1 MB].
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