Alcohol licensing for on, off, club licences
Types of alcohol licensing
The type of licence you need depends on the type of activity or business you will be undertaking. Look at the following situations to find out what licence type applies to your activity (more than 1 licence type may apply):
Premises that sell and supply alcohol, e.g:
|Bottle store, grocery store, supermarket, auctioneer, mail order business (alcohol is consumed away from the place of purchase)||OFF licence|
|Clubs that sell and supply alcohol, e.g:|
Sport, social, cultural
|Events or special occasions where alcohol is |
to be sold and supplied, e.g: Function on hired premises (e.g. public or community hall), sports events, fundraisers, where alcohol is consumed
|On-site SPECIAL licence|
|Food and wine show, market stall at fair or gala where wine or beer is sold by bottle unopened for consumption off-site||Off-site SPECIAL licence|
Buying an existing business that sells alcohol
Alcohol licensing application forms / guidelines
Due to the complex nature of these applications, we recommend you get expert advice to determine the type of licence required. Alternatively please look at the Sale & Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. Guidelines for objections, applications and hearings are provided below.
- New & Renewal of On Licence - Application (PDF, 371KB)
- New & Renewal of Off Licence - Application (PDF, 332KB)
- New & Renewal of Club Licence - Application (PDF, 365KB)
- Online Special Licence Application (credit card payment only)
- Special Licence - Application (PDF, 119KB)
- Temporary Authority Application (PDF, 182KB)
- Certificate of Compliance.pdf (PDF, 52KB)
- NZ Fire Service Data Sheet (PDF, 74KB)
- Applying for a licence to sell or supply alcohol - A guide to applications and hearings (PDF, 952KB)
Licence applications for events over the Christmas period
If you are wanting to apply for a special licence for an event over the Christmas- New Year period please note all special licences require 20 working days for processing. Special licences for events over the holiday period cannot be processed after 16 November unless exceptional circumstances apply where the event could not have been predicted earlier, eg funerals.
The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 has a close down period for processing of licence applications from 20 December to 15 January. We regret applications received late may not be able to be issued for events over the Christmas period.
The sale of alcohol to any member of the public requires a licence under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.