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The following Alcohol Licensing fees are set by the Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Fees) Regulation 2013. ‘The Act’ refers to the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.

Determination of Fee Category

The fees payable by an applicant for an on-licence, off-licence, or club licence is held or sought comprise of:

  • an application fee; and
  • an annual fee.

These premises will be classified by the Council on the basis of the premises' cost/risk rating, and the fees category for the premises. The cost/risk rating of premises is the sum of the highest applicable weighting in tables 2-4. These consist of:

  • Type of licensed premises
  • Latest alcohol sale time
  • Number of enforcement holdings in the past 18 months

Table 1: Definition of type of premises 

BYO restaurant means a restaurant for which an on-licence is or will be endorsed under section 37 of the Act.
Class 1 club means a club that has or applies for a club licence and— 
(a) has at least 1000 members of purchase age; and 
(b) in the opinion of the territorial authority, operates any part of the premises in the nature of a tavern at any time. 
Class 2 club means a club that has or applies for a club licence and is not a class 1 or class 3 club.
Class 3 club means a club that has or applies for a club licence and— 
(a) has fewer than 250 members of purchase age; and 
(b) in the opinion of the territorial authority, operates a bar for no more than 40 hours each week. 
Class 1 restaurant  means a restaurant that has or applies for an on-licence and— 
(a) has, in the opinion of the territorial authority, a significant separate bar area; and 
(b) in the opinion of the territorial authority, operates that bar area, at least 1 night a week, in the manner of a tavern. 
Class 2 restaurant  means a restaurant that has or applies for an on-licence and— 
(a) has, in the opinion of the territorial authority, a separate bar; 
and 
(b) in the opinion of the territorial authority, does not operate that bar area in the manner of a tavern at any time. 
Class 3 restaurant means a restaurant that has or applies for an on-licence and that, in the opinion of the territorial authority, only serves alcohol to the table and does not have a separate bar area.
Enforcement holding means a holding as defined in section 288 of the Act, or an offence under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 for which a holding could have been made if the conduct had occurred after 18 December 2013.
Remote sales premises  means premises for which an off-licence is or will be endorsed under section 40 of the Act.

Table 2: The weightings relating to the type of licensed premises

Licence held or sought Type of premises Weighting
On-licence Class 1 restaurant, night club, tavern, adult premises 15
On-licence Class 2 restaurant, hotel, function centre 10
On-licence  Class 3 restaurant, other premises not otherwise specified 5
On-licence BYO restaurants, theatres, cinemas, winery cellar doors 2
Off-licence Supermarket, grocery store, bottle store 15
Off-licence Hotel, tavern 10
Off-licence Class 1, 2, or 3 club, remote sale premises, premises not otherwise specified 5
Off-licence Winery cellar doors 2
Club licence Class 1 club 10
Club licence Class 2 club 5
Club licence Class 3 club 2

See Table 4 for definition of type of premises.

Table 3: Weightings relating to the latest alcohol sales time allowed for premises

Type of premises Latest trading time allowed by licence (during 24-hour period from 6 am to 6 am) Weighting
Premises for which an on-licence or club licence is held or sought


2 am or earlier 0
Between 2.01 am and 3 am 3
Any time after 3 am 5
Premises for which an off-licence is held or sought (other than remote sales premises)

10 pm or earlier 0
Any time after 10 pm 3
Remote sales premises Not applicable 0

Table 4: Weightings relating to the number of enforcement holdings in respect of the premises in the last 18 months  

Number of enforcement holdings in last 18 months (applies to all types of premises) Weighting
None 0
1 10
2 or more 20

Fee category

The Council will assign a fees category to any premises for which an on-licence, off-licence, or club licence is held or sought. The fees category will be assigned in accordance Table 5.

Table 5: Fee categories based on weighting

Cost/risk rating of premises Fees category 
0–2 Very low
3–5 Low
6–15 Medium
16–25 High
26 plus Very high
The Council may, in its discretion and in response to particular circumstances, assign a fees category to premises that is 1 level lower than the fees category determined above; but no premises may be assigned a category lower than very low.

 The date on which the fees category for premises must be determined is—

  1. for the purpose of an application fee, the day on which the application is made; and
  2. for the purpose of the annual fee, the day on which the annual fee is payable.

On-Licences, Off-Licences and Club Alcohol Licences Fees
Fees category for premises Application fee
incl. GST 
Annual fee
incl. GST
Very low $368.00 $161.00
Low $609.50 $391.00
Medium $816.50 $632.50
High $1023.50 $1035.00
Very high  $1,207.50 $1,437.50
Special licence classes and fees
Special licence class  Issued in respect of   Fee
incl. GST 
Class 1 1 large event:
more than 3 medium events:
more than 12 small events
$575.00
Class 2 3 to 12 small events:
1 to 3 medium events
$207.00
Class 3 1 or 2 small events $63.25
The Council may, in its discretion and in response to particular circumstances, charge a fee for a special licence that is 1 class below the class of the licence that is issued; but no fee may be less than the fee payable for a class 3 special licence.
Event size Description
Large event An event that the Council believes on reasonable grounds will have patronage of more than 400 people.
Medium event An event that the Council believes on reasonable grounds will have patronage of between 100 and 400 people.
Small event An event that the Council believes on reasonable grounds will have patronage of fewer than 100 people.
Manager Certificates
Type Fee incl. GST
Application for a new manager certificate $316.25
Renewal of a manager certificate $316.25
Other Fees Payable
Type Fee incl. GST
Temporary authority to carry on the sale and supply of alcohol $296.70
Temporary licence to sell alcohol pursuant to a licence from premises other than the premises to which the licence relates  $296.70
Application fee
Permanent club charters $632.50
Annual fee
Extract from register  $57.50
Application for Building Certificate – Alcohol $140.00
Application for Planning Certificate of Compliance – Alcohol  $160.00