A guide to alcohol licensing (or liquor licensing).
The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 enables territorial authorities to create local alcohol policies (LAPs). Find LAP guidelines and templates.
Alcohol bans are usually introduced because of concern about disorderly behaviour and criminal offending linked to the consumption of alcohol in public places. An alcohol ban prohibits the possession or consumption of alcohol in certain locations and at certain times.
District licensing committees (DLCs) are independent decision-making bodies set up under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 and are administered by local councils. DLCs make decisions about on-licences, off-licences, club and special licences, and managers’ certificates. Find out about DLC hearings and appearing before a DLC.
Several licensing bodies and regulatory agencies have a statutory role in ensuring licensed premises comply with the law, including ARLA, DLCs, Police, Medical Officers of Health, Licensing Inspectors and Fire and Emergency New Zealand. Find out what they do.
Call the Alcohol Drug Helpline on 0800 787 797, visit their website, or free txt 8681.