Here's how to get in touch:
Phone: 03 5438400 ask for Environmental Health
If you want to sell alcohol to the public then you will need an alcohol licence.
If you are having an event or function, such as a wedding or an exhibition opening, and you will be providing alcohol to your guests, as long as there is no charge for either the alcohol or for attending the event or function then you do not need an alcohol licence.
If you plan to charge for alcohol or for entry to an event that includes alcohol you will need have a Special Licence.
|Premises that sell and supply alcohol, eg:|
|Tavern, hotel, restaurant, café, BYO restaurant, caterer
(alcohol is consumed on the premises)
|Bottle store, grocery store, supermarket, auctioneer, mail order business
(alcohol is consumed away from the place of purchase)
|Conveyances (vehicles) that sell and supply alcohol, eg:|
|Bus, boat||On Licence (Conveyance)|
|Clubs that sell and supply alcohol, eg:|
|Sport, social, cultural||Club Licence|
|Events or special occasions where alcohol is to be sold and supplied, eg:|
|Function on hired premises (eg. public or community hall), sports events, fundraisers, where alcohol is consumed on-site||On-site Special Licence (Premises)|
|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 (Premises)|
|Bus, boat, limo||On-site Special Licence (Conveyance)|
|Buying an existing business that sells alcohol||Temporary Authority|
Discussing your proposal with an alcohol licensing inspector can reduce the likelihood of delays and surprises after your application has been lodged. Inspectors can discuss the requirements of the legislation which may have an impact on your proposal.
Contact us using the details above to arrange a time to meet with us to discuss your plans.
To help you complete your application have a look at this information sheet or refer to
Before you can lodge your application you must get a certificate that states the proposed use of the premises meets the requirements of the Resource Management Act 1991 and the NZ Building Code. Documentation and fees are required.
An on-licence allows you to sell or supply alcohol on a premises or conveyance (vehicle). If you have a tavern, hotel, restaurant or cafe, a boat or a bus or are a caterer then this is the licence for you.