To ensure that the sale and supply of alcohol takes place responsibly, it is a legal requirement under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 that you have a licence before you can sell or supply alcohol.
Who can hold a licence?
Licence holders must be aged 20 years or over, and meet the other requirements of the Act. A licence is issued to a person, company or legal entity in relation to a premise (or conveyance, such as a train or boat). A licence cannot be transferred from one person to another, or from one premise or conveyance to another.
At all times when alcohol is being sold or supplied to the public on licensed premises, a certified manager is required to be on duty and is responsible for compliance with the Act and the conditions of the licence.
What licence should I apply for?
The type of licence you apply for depends on what activities or type of business you are planning. There are four types of licences.
An on-licence authorises the holder to sell or supply alcohol for consumption on their premises, but alcohol cannot be removed from the site.
An off-licence authorises the holder to sell or deliver alcohol on or from their premises, described in the licence to any person for consumption off their premises.
A club licence authorises the holder to sell or supply alcohol for consumption on their premises to any member of the club (e.g. incorporated clubs such as sports clubs and social clubs), or any person who is a guest of, and is accompanied by a member of the club, or any member of any other club with which the holder of the licence has an arrangement for reciprocal visiting rights for members for the club. Alcohol cannot be removed from the site.
If you have purchased a licensed business a temporary authority is required to operate the business until your own licence has been approved.
If you are hosting an event like a wedding, fundraiser, or birthday where a license is required for a short time you need a special licence.
01 - On Licence and Renewal application pack
02 - Off Licence and Renewal Application Pack
03 - Club Licence and Renewal Application Pack
04 - Temporary Authority Application
05 - Special Licence Application Pack
06 - Application for Waiver
07 - Form 14 Application for Variation or Cancellation of Conditions
08 - Public Notice of Special Licence Application
09 - Public Notices Guidelines
10 - Fire Evacuation Statement
How to get a licence
- Meet with the District Licensing Committee (DLC), which is administered by the Opotiki District Council, and explain your plans and discuss any issues prior to making your application for a alcohol licence. Contact the Licensing Inspector to make an appointment.
- Apply for certificates of compliance with the Resource Management Act 1991 and the Building Act 2004.
Note: Most special licences do not need to be publicly notified.
How long does it take to obtain a liquor licence?
On, off and club licence applications are generally processed within 6 weeks of receiving the application. Special licences take at least 20 working days to process. These processing times will be delayed if there is information outstanding from your application, or if there are any objections to your application from the public or reporting agencies.
You will now be required to pay an annual and a renewal alcohol licence fee. The annual fees are payable on the anniversary date of your licence every year. A new licence is granted for one year initially and then after that the licence is renewed every three years. Note: new premises may have other consent costs.
Cost/risk category (based on weighting)
Renewal fee (licensee every three years) OR initial application fee (payable by first time applicant)
Annual fee (payable by licensee)
Very Low (0-2)
Very High (26 plus)
Cost/risk framework used to work out fees
All licensed premises (on, off, club) will be assessed under a cost/risk category. This is based on weighting the type of licence plus the hours plus any enforcement action. Note: restaurants and clubs are subdivided into three classes to reflect their cost/risk.
Type of licensed premises
Latest licensed hours
Supermarket, grocery store, bottle store
On-licences and clubs before 2:00 am; Off-licences before 10.00 pm
Class 1 restaurant, night club, tavern, adult premises
On-licences and clubs 2:01am-3:00 am; Off-licences 10:00 pm and later
Off-licence in a hotel, tavern, class 1, 2 or 3 club
On-licences and clubs – any time after 3:00 am
Class 2 restaurant, class1 club, hotel, function centre
Number of enforcements in last 18 months
Remote sale premises, class 3 restaurant, class 2 club, other on and off premises not otherwise specified
Winery cellar doors, BYO restaurants, class 3 clubs, theatres, cinemas
2 or more
How to make an objection to a liquor licence application