For further information about the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act
2012, please refer to the Ministry of Justice www.justice.govt.nz or the summary of the Alcohol
law changes December 2013.
If you wish to apply for an Alcohol License, please contact Council and request to
speak to a Licensing Inspector who will either send you the forms
or arrange for a preliminary interview.
If you are a bar owner or operator, club manager, restaurateur
or manager of a venue where alcohol will be sold or supplied, you
need to be familiar with the laws and regulations that apply to
You must ensure that you have:
- The correct licences
- A host responsibility programme in place to care for your
What is a Licence (to sell /
supply alcohol) and how do I apply for one?
If you want to sell or supply alcohol, you must apply for the
appropriate licence. Each licence has its own application form, a
non-refundable fee and requirements for specific additional
Applications for a licence must be made to the Palmerston North
District Licensing Committee (DLC) on the appropriate form with
supporting information, including a Liquor Premises Compliance
Once lodged, applications are forwarded to the Police and, in
some cases, the Medical Officer of Health (MOH) who then forwards a
report to the DLC. All applications are required to be publicly
notified by the applicant in the Manawatu Standard.
Once the above reports and supporting documents have been
received, the Licensing Inspector will write a final report and
forward this (including Police and MOH reports) to the DLC. The DLC
will make a determination on whether an application is approved. If
there is opposition from Police/MOH or objections from the public,
it will be heard at a DLC hearing.
If the application is within Council policy and no objections
are received, a licence will be issued. Otherwise, the application
will proceed to a hearing.
On Licence enables you to sell or supply alcohol for consumption
- Premises - bar, pub, tavern, nightclub, hotel, restaurant,
- Conveyances - bus, boat, plane, train, vehicle.
- Endorsed premises - BYO.
Off Licence enables you to sell, supply or deliver alcohol for
consumption off the premises:
- Premises - bottle stores, wine stores, supermarkets, grocery
stores, gift baskets.
- Endorsed - caterers, auctioneers.
Club Licence enables social, sport and corporate clubs to sell,
supply and serve alcohol for consumption on club premises to club
members, their authorised guests and authorised visitors (members
of clubs with reciprocal visiting rights). If you are unsure about
whether some clubs have reciprocal visiting rights, contact the
clubs in question to confirm.
Special Licence enables you to sell or supply alcohol on a given
premises or conveyance for the duration of a specific occasion or
event such as a:
- Sporting event
- Wine tasting
- Bus trip
- Party where alcohol is being sold
- Public party where alcohol is being sold or supplied
- Party on leased premises where alcohol is being sold or
- Event where tickets are being sold.
Please download the document named PHS questionnaire, complete it
and submit it with your Special Licence application.
What is a Manager's
A certified general manager must be on duty at all times when
alcohol is being sold or supplied to the public except in the case
of most special licences and endorsed licences.
If the certified manager is ill, absent, dismissed or resigned,
a licensee can appoint a temporary or acting manager. These people
must be adequately trained with the DLC, the Alcohol Regulatory
Licensing Authority (ARLA) and the Police notified. Clubs must
appoint at least one manager who holds a general manager's
If you have purchased a licensed business, you must apply for
temporary authority to operate until your own licence has been
New fee regime for the alcohol licensing system involves
assessing the risk that an operation might create, including the
type of premises, the hours of operation and any enforcement issues
over the past 18 months.
The fees are set by the Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Fees)
Regulations 2013, over which Council has no control.
Alcohol Licence fee calculator
This calculator allows you to check the fee that the licence you
want to apply for will attract. This is available through Auckland
Council at the following link:
Fee Calculator - External website link
Compliance Certificate Planning
$325.00 Deposit - Then billed at actual cost of Officers time
Compliance Certificate Building
Special Licence Fees
Under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Fees) Regulations there
are changes to the special licensing fees. All special
licences will have to fit into one of three classes:
Special licence class
Issued in respect of
1 large event: more than 3 medium events: more than 12 small
3 to 12 small events: 1 to 3 medium events
1 or 2 small events
Event size definitions
Large event - an event that PNCC believes on reasonable grounds
will have patronage of more than 400 people
Medium event - an event that PNCC believes on reasonable grounds
will have patronage of between 100 and 400 people
Small event - an event that PNCC believes on reasonable grounds
will have patronage of fewer than 100 people.
Fees payable for special licences
Special licence class
Object to a Licence
Any person, over the age of 18, who has a 'greater interest' in
the application for a licence than the public, generally may object
to the grant or renewal of that licence.
What is 'Greater Interest'?
A person with a 'greater interest' may be a resident or business
located in the same street as the proposed or existing premises
applying for a licence.
On the other hand, someone who is concerned about the effects of
alcohol on the community in general, but who lives in a different
area, may not meet the criteria for 'greater interest'.
Criteria for objection
The Sale & Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 (section 105) outlines
the following as the only grounds for objecting to the application
for a new, or renewed, licence:
- The object of the Act that:
a. The sale, supply and consumption of alcohol
should be undertaken safely and responsibly; and
b. The harm caused by the excessive or
inappropriate consumption of alcohol should be minimised
- Suitability of the applicant
- Any relevant local alcohol policy
- Days and hours when alcohol will be sold
- The design and layout of any proposed premises
- Whether the applicant is engaged in, or proposes on the
premises to engage in, the sale of goods other than alcohol,
low-alcohol refreshments, non-alcoholic refreshments and food; and
if so, which goods
- Whether the applicant is engaged in, or proposes on the
premises to engage in, the provision of services other than those
directly related to the sale of alcohol, low-alcohol refreshments,
non-alcoholic refreshments and food; and if so, which services
- Whether the amenity and good order of the locality would likely
be reduced, to more than a minor extent, by the effects of the
issue of the licence
whether the amenity and good order of the locality are already so
badly affected by existing licences that it is not desirable to
issue any further licences
- Whether the applicant has appropriate systems, staff and
training to comply with the law.
Please note that trade-related objections from other licensed
businesses are not valid grounds for objection under the Act.
Make an objection
If you'd like to object to a new or renewed licence, you'll need
- Notify the DLC in writing that you wish to object and the
reasons why (you must refer to relevant criteria).
- Make sure to include your full name, address and contact
Your objection must be filed with the DLC within 15 working days
of the first public notice announcing an application has been
District Licensing Committee
Palmerston North City Council
Private Bag 11034
What happens next?
When the DLC receives your objection, they will:
- Send you an acknowledgement letter
- Send a copy of the objection to the applicant.
If the DLC believes that the objection meets the criteria of
section 105 of the Act, they will notify all involved parties of a
date and time for a hearing.
You can choose not to attend the hearing, but your objection
will have greater effect if you attend the hearing personally and
speak in support of your submission.
Complain about existing licensed premises
To make a complaint about an existing licensed premise or the
terms of a licence, please contact us and provide specific details
regarding your concerns.
Please contact the Palmerston North City Council on (06) 356
8199 for further information.
Palmerston North Liquor Control
The Palmerston North Liquor Control Bylaw 2010 has been made for
the purposes of reducing the potential for public nuisance and
offensive behaviour by people drinking and becoming intoxicated in
a public place. It is to also promote a safe city environment
for the use and enjoyment of the public, by reducing the potential
for damage to public and private property caused by people drinking
and becoming intoxicated in a public place.
If you require further information please contact a Licensing
Inspector on (06) 356 8199.
Liquor Control Bylaw - PDF (260Kb)
Liquor Control Area Map 2010 - PDF (424Kb)