If you want to sell or supply alcohol in Central Hawke's Bay, you must have a current alcohol licence.
The Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Rugby World Cup 2023 Extended Trading Hours) Amendment Act 2023 was passed on July 2023. If you are a Club or On-License holder, you'll be able to extend your permitted trading hours if you intend to televise the games. You can find further information and resources below.
To apply for an Alcohol Licence you are required to have a government Real Me Account. Once you click to apply for the relevant licence below, you will be taken to the Real Me Login page. If you do not have a Real Me Account you will be directed to apply.
Please note more time is required to process licence applications over the Christmas/ New Year period. This is because working days include the period 20 December and 15 January under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.
Please ensure you get your renewal application in as soon as possible if your renewal is due between this period. You can continue to work even if your certificate isn’t renewed in time as long as the renewal application has been submitted and paid for. Please expect delays through December and January 2024.
The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 has been temporarily amended for the Rugby World Cup 2023 to allow eligible on-licence and club licence holders to extend their trading hours to televise live Rugby World Cup 2023 games, without applying for a special licence.
Licensees need to notify their local council and the local Police station seven days prior to the game/games they wish to extend their trading hours for. This year, they will also need to notify the same parties to cancel their original notification if they change their minds about extending their trading hours for a game/games.
You need to send the Licensee Notification to both Council and Police. You can do this by:
To submit your notification to extend trading hours for your premises through Business Connect, you will need to have a RealMe login (see instructions below) A RealMe verified identity isn't required.
For any further enquiries, please contact the Council: firstname.lastname@example.org
To manage an alcohol (liquor) licensed business in Central Hawke's Bay, you must hold a current managers certificate.
An on-licence allows for the sale and supply of alcohol to persons for consumption on a specified premises. Examples of premises that require an on-licence include hotels, taverns, licensed restaurants/cafes, night-clubs and function centres.
An on-licence is initially issued for one year. If all conditions are met during this time the licence can be renewed on a three yearly basis.
The online process provides a structured workflow which ensures all required information is received.
An off-licence allows for the sale and supply of Alcohol to persons for consumption off a licensed premises. Examples of a premises that require an off-licence include bottle stores, supermarkets or cellar door wineries.
An off-licence is initially issued for one year. If all conditions are met during this time the licence can be renewed on a three yearly basis.
A Club Licence allows for the sale and supply of alcohol for consumption on the club premises to members of the club, their guests and members of clubs with reciprocal visiting rights. To become a club you need to be an incorporate society. A Club Licence is issued for one year and if all conditions are being meet during this time, then the licence can be renewed on a three yearly basis.
You need an alcohol special licence if you are:
Special licence for events spanning more than one day
You can get a special licence for an event that takes place over several days, as long as the event is the same in size, form and substance each day, and is all related.
If you have a number of events that are unrelated to each other, or different in size, form and substance, you will need to make individual applications for a special licence for each event - i.e. one application form per event.
When you don't need an alcohol special licence
You do not need a special licence when you are supplying alcohol or guests are bringing their own alcohol to a private event, as long as it is not open to the public.
This only applies to a private event where a family occasion is celebrated in a hired venue and guests bring their own alcohol or the host supplies it for free.
We can't issue a licence for BYO events.
You need to apply for a special licence at least 20 working days before your event, not including the day we receive the application and the day of your event.
If you submit your application less than 20 working days before your event, you need to include a reason why you have not known you needed a special licence earlier.
Fee (incl GST)
Note: Fees are set by regulation under Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. Please discuss the applicable fees for On, Off and Club Licence with the Alcohol Licensing Officer.
Special Licence Applications
Note: Large Event - 400 people (one large event / more than 3 medium events in a series / more than 12 small events in a series)
Note: Medium Event - between 100-400 people
Note: Small Event - under 100 people
1 to 2 small size events
3 to 12 small, 1 to 3 medium size events
All other special licenses / large events
The fees for an alcohol licence are worked out on a risk-based model, found in the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Regulations (Fees) 2013.
It is prohibited to consume or have possession of alcohol in public areas in any of the Liquor Ban areas. Members of the public are still able to transport or carry containers of alcohol through the area (for example from a bottle store to their car) but not allowed to drink, hold or store liquor in any liquor ban area.
The Liquor Control bylaw is enforced by the police who have authority to search, detain and request details.
The liquor bans have effect at all times (24 hrs a day) in the ‘ban’ areas..
It is important to note that the bans do not apply to private property within the ‘ban” areas at any time. They only apply in a public place.
You can view a pdf map of the Waipukurau Liquor Ban area here
You can view a pdf map of the Waipawa Liquor Ban area here
You can view the Bylaw for Liquor Control in a Public Place here
Should you have any questions with regard to the bylaw please contact Customer Service
A temporary authority allows a new owner to trade for a limited time on an existing on-licence or off-licence while an application for a new licence is in progress.
The Temporary Authority is issued for three months and can only be granted where the existing licence is still current (has not expired or been surrendered).
Change of Management? Notify us by completing one form of the notices below:
When a business applies for an on-licence, off-licence, or club licence, new or renewed, they are required to publicly notify it.
Public notices for alcohol licence applications
Public notices are also posted in local newspapers or the Sunday Star-Times.
Objection period for alcohol licence applications
Once the public notice has been published in the CHB Mail or the Hawke's Bay Today, there is a 25-working day period to make an objection to Council.
A person with a 'greater interest' may be a resident or business located in the same street as the proposed or existing business applying for an alcohol licence. Generally, someone who lives within 1km to 2km from the business applying for the licence will have a greater interest than the public.
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'.
The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 (section 105) outlines the only grounds for objecting to the application for a new, or renewed, alcohol licence.
The object of the act is that:
New alcohol licence applications - new owner takes over existing licensed premises
You can object about the suitability of the applicant.
This only includes situations where the new owner takes on the same conditions as the existing licence.
You can object about:
You can also object about whether:
You can object about:
You should know
Trade-related objections from other licensed businesses are not valid grounds for objection under the act.
If you are objecting to a new alcohol licence application for premises that are already licensed, and the new applicant is seeking the same terms and conditions as the existing licence, the only ground you can object under is the suitability of the applicant.
To object to an alcohol licence application, you'll need to:
See the Health Promotion Agency’s Advice if you need assistance in preparing a written objection or preparing for a hearing.
You need to file your objection with us within 25 working days of the public notice being published in the newspaper.
To object you can either:
Email email@example.com addressed to the Secretary of the District Licensing Committee.
By post: To the Secretary of the District Licensing Committee, PO Box 127, 4240.
In Person: At the main council office at 28-32 Ruataniwha Street, Waipawa 4210.
What happens next:
When we receive your objection, we will:
If the DLC believes the objection meets the criteria for objection, they will schedule a hearing and notify everyone involved.
You don't have to attend the hearing, but if you don't appear to answer questions on your objection, the DLC is limited in how much weight it can give to your objection.
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