District Licensing Committees

District licensing committees (DLCs) are set up under the Act and are administered by your local council. DLCs are independent decision-making bodies. Within their local areas, DLCs decide applications for:

  • new on-licences, off-licences, club and special licences
  • renewals of on-licences, off-licences and club licences
  • new and renewed managers’ certificates
  • variations of licence conditions
  • enforcement action for special licences.

More information about district licensing committees.

Case law guide for district licensing committee chairs and members

The following downloadable guide for DLC chairs and members provides case law relating to the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, and its predecessor the Sale of Liquor Act 1989. It covers most of the topics a DLC may have to deal with and points to precedent setting cases relevant to those topics to assist DLCs make decisions that follow ‘good law’ principles

The cases cited in this guide are those which have been used by the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority and its predecessor the Liquor Licensing Authority, as well as the Court of Appeal and High Court.

Download the DLC Guide - Case Law Companion (Updated June 2016)  (DOCX, 180KB)

Guides on objecting to or applying for a licence to sell or supply alcohol

The downloadable booklets below are provide guidance and information to support people appearing before a district licensing committee. There is one about applying for a licence to sell or supply alcohol and one about objecting to a licence to sell or supply alcohol. They contain information about:

  • the current law on alcohol licensing
  • how to apply for or object to a licence
  • how licensing hearings work
  • how licensing decisions are made.

Download the booklet on objecting to a licence to sell or supply alcohol  (PDF, 246KB)



Download the booklet on applying for a licence to sell or supply alcohol  (PDF, 215KB)