Club licence licensing manual

This manual is intended to assist District Licensing Committee secretariats and reporting agencies (Police, Medical Officers of Health and territorial authority Alcohol Licensing Inspectors) with the process of receiving and determining club licence applications under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 (the Act). 

It is intended to supplement existing guidance and provide practical assistance. It is not intended as a substitute for legal advice. While this manual sets out general guidance, practices may vary between regions. This advice covers new applications, renewals and variations for club licences. It does not relate to on-licences, special licences or off-licences.

How to use this guide

This online guide has 11 sections with useful information corresponding to a step in the alcohol licensing and hearings process.

About club licences

Application process

The application

The applicant

Trading restrictions

Amenity and good order

Site visits

Compulsory and discretionary conditions



Roles and responsibilities


The information contained in this online guide is intended as a general guide.
While reasonable measures have been taken to ensure that the information is current and accurate as at October 2018, the Health Promotion Agency cannot accept any liability for any inaccuracy, omission or deficiency in relation to the information. It is not legal advice and you should not rely on anything contained in this guide in any legal proceedings. The information provided does not replace or alter the laws of New Zealand, and you should consult the legislation and obtain your own legal and professional advice, as appropriate. The Health Promotion Agency will not accept liability for any action taken in reliance on anything contained in this online guide.