If you own, operate or manage a business or venue, where alcohol will be sold or supplied, you need to be familiar with the laws and regulations that apply to alcohol. You must ensure that you have the correct licence.
About Alcohol Licences
There are four types of Alcohol Licence with various categories as listed below.
An On Licence is required to authorise the licensee to sell and supply alcohol from a specific premises to be consumed on the premises. View more information and application forms for an On licence
An Off Licence is required to authorise the licensee to sell and deliver liquor from a specific premises to be consumed elsewhere. View more information and application forms for an Off licence
A club licence is required to authorise the licensee to sell and supply alcohol to authorised customers for consumption on the premises. An authorised customer means a person who is a member of the club, a guest accompanied by the member or a member of another club with reciprocal visiting rights. View more information and application forms for a Club licence
A special licence is required to authorise the licensee to sell and supply alcohol to people attending an event described in the licence. Special Liquor Licence applications must be lodged with Council at least 20 working days before the event. View more information and application forms for a Special licence
A person appointed as MANAGER of a alcohol outlet, e.g. hotel, tavern, wine shop or club MUST hold a Manager's Certificate.
A Manager must be on duty at all times and responsible for compliance unless the requirement to do so is exempt under the Act or a condition of licence. View more information and application forms for a manager's Certificate
Changes in the Application Process for a Manager's Certificate
New and existing Managers are required to update their knowledge of the new Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. In conjunction with the Ministry of Justice, ServiceIQ has developed a LCQ Bridging Test to cover this requirement.
LCQ Bridging Test
The test contains 20 multiple-choice questions. Upon successful completion, the trainee will be able to print a digital PDF of the LCQ Bridging Test certificate and include this in their application for a Manager's Certificate. You can access the LCQ Bridging Test at www.ServiceIQ.org.nz
Temporary Authority for On-Licence/Off-Licence
Who May Apply for a Temporary Authority?
Any person who appears to the Licensing Committee to have any right, title, estate, or interest in any premises may make application for a Temporary Authority.
The Licensing Committee may on application authorise an applicant to carry on the sale and supply of alcohol for a period of up to 3 months, on any premises that has an on-licence or off-licence in force. View more information and application forms for Temporary Authority
Alcohol Licensing Fees
The fees and charges that apply to alcohol licensing are set by the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Regulations. View the Alcohol Licensing Fees
Alcohol Licensing Forms
Please ensure you have read all relevant information before selecting any of the following forms.
- Application for Temporary Authority - Form 16 (31KB)
- Application for General Managers Certificate - Form 17 [PDF, 102 KB]
- Renewal of General Manager's Certificate - Form 19 [PDF, 89 KB]
- Notice of Management Change (68KB)
- Application for Special Licence - Form 6 (40KB)
- Application (or renewal) for On-Licence (for premises) - Form 3 [PDF, 121 KB]
- Application (or renewal) for Off-Licence (for premises) - Form 4 [PDF, 122 KB]
- Application (or renewal) for Club Licence - Form 5 [PDF, 117 KB]
- Public Notice of application for On-Licence, Off-Licence or Club Licence - Form 7 (25KB)
- Application for Variation or Cancellation of Conditions of Licence - Form 14 (93 KB)
- Application for Building Certificate - Alcohol (26KB)
- Application for Planning Certificate of Compliance - Alcohol (20KB)
Local Alcohol Policy
All elements of the Local Alcohol Policy 2016, but excluding those elements relating to maximum trading hours, will come into force on Monday, 8 August 2016. All elements relating to maximum trading hours in the Local Alcohol Policy 2016 will come into force on Monday, 7 November 2016.
- Local Alcohol Policy [PDF, 266 KB]
The District Licensing Committee (DLC) is responsible for all applications made under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act, 2012, all manager's certificates, renewals and temporary authorities. DLCs also consider and determine applications for temporary licences and for the variation, suspension, or cancellation of special licences.
View the list of District Licensing Committee Decisions
The District Licensing Committee members are listed on the 'Our Council / Committees' page.
Liquor Ban in Public Places
Hauraki District has a year round, district-wide Liquor Ban in our towns which has given powers to Police to have better control over the consumption of liquor in public places. Find out more by viewing the bylaw:
- Hauraki District Council Consolidated Bylaw - Schedule 4, Part 3 section 4.6.1 and 4.6.2 of the Liquor Ban Amendment
Application for Dispensation
Special event organisations, host clubs or organisers of events who use Council parks and or reserves and do not sell alcohol, can apply for dispensation from the Bylaw.
If an organisation believes that, by allowing people to bring and consume alcohol (in Council managed Parks or Reserves) during that event or occasion, the event will be enhanced and made more enjoyable, then they can apply for dispensation to allow consumption to take place without breaking the Bylaw.