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Contact us if you plan on selling or supplying liquor to the public, as you will need to consider planning and building issues and any other rules specific to your area. You will also need to talk to us about any requirements for kitchen, bar and toilet facilities.

Alcohol Licensing

To sell or supply alcohol in Central Hawke's Bay you are legally required to have a licence.

Contact us if you plan on selling or supplying alcohol to the public as you will need to consider planning and building issues and any other rules specific to the suburb in which you plan to operate. You will also need to talk to us about requirements for food business registration, and kitchen and toilet facilities. Email: enironmental.health@chbdc.govt.nz

Council requires at least 20 working days to process an Alcohol Licence (it may take even longer due to the current pandemic notice).

The requirement for licences and the criteria the District Licensing Committee consider when granting them are set out in the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 and Regulations. 

Central Hawke’s Bay also has a Local Alcohol Policy that came into effect on 1 November that provides the Committee with additional criteria and conditions at their disposal in consideration of applications. You can view the Local Alcohol Policy here

 

The sale or supply of Alcohol to the public requires a licence under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.

 A licence is issued to a named person, company or legal entity in relation to a premises or conveyance. Conveyances are vehicles such as aircraft, vessels, trains etc. A licence cannot be transferred from one person to another or from one premises or conveyance to another.

To apply for for a liquor licence - Create an account and/or login to Business Connect.

Click here to Login in to create an account

 

Fees

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. The fees and charges can be found here. Please contact council if you have any questions regarding fees. Email: environmental.health@chbdc.govt.nz

 There are Four types of licences: On Licence, Off Licence, Club Licence and Special Licence.

All On, Off, Club and Special Licences are to be applied for through the Business Connect Portal.

Create a Real Me account Login through the Business Connect Portal to apply for these licences here.

 Apply for a new or renewal Managers Certificate

To manage an alcohol (liquor) licensed business in Central Hawke's Bay, you must hold a current managers certificate. Click here to apply.

On Licence

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.

Starting a new on-licence business

To apply for a new on-licence you will need to get building and planning certificates which are found here and food business registration which is applied for through Business Connect here. There may also be other requirements, such as approval for outdoor dining, so please speak to Council before applying.

There is also a requirement that there be a certified Duty Manager on the premises at all times that alcohol is being sold. For more information and to apply see: Duty Manager's certificate. 

If you are ready to apply for your on-licence please use the link below to complete the on-line application form. The form details all the documents you need to provide to Council.

The online process provides a structured workflow which ensures all required information is received.
If you want to see the status of your application and see a copy of your file with us at any time, you can log in to Business Connect and you will see all the details about your application including a copy of your application and where in the process your application is.

Click here to apply for an On Licence

 On-licence renewals

To renew your on-licence, you will need to log in to Business Connect and complete the form. If the licence expires before it is renewed, you must apply for a new licence.

Click here to renew an On Licence 

Off Licence

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.

 

Supermarkets and grocery stores can only sell wine and beer. There is strict criteria to be classified as a grocery store or supermarket. Definitions can be found in the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 – Section 33.

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.

Starting a new off-licence business

To apply for a new off-licence you will need building and planning certificates these are found on our documents and forms page here. There may also be other requirements, so please speak to Council before applying. Email: environmental.health@chbdc.govt.nz

There is also a requirement that there be a certified Duty Manager on the premises at all times that alcohol is being sold. For more information and to apply see: Duty Manager's certificate.

 

If you are ready to apply please use the link below to complete the online application form. The form details all the documents you need to provide to Council.

The online process provides a structured workflow which ensures all required information is received.

If you want to see the status of your application and see a copy of your file with us at any time, you can log in to Business Connect and you will see all the details about your application including a copy of your application and where in the process your application is.

Click here to apply for an OFF Licence 

 

Off-licence renewals

To renew your off-licence, you will need to log in to Business Connect.. If the licence expires before it is renewed, you must apply for a new licence.

Click here to renew an Off Licence 

 

Club Licence

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.

 

Starting a new club licence business

Before you apply for a new club-licence you will be required have building and planning certificates which are found here and food business registration which is applied for through Business Connect here. There may also be other requirements such as approval for outdoor dining, so please speak to Council before applying.

If you are ready to apply please use the link below to complete the application form. The form details all the documents you need to provide to Council.

The online process provides a structured workflow which ensures all required information is received.

If you want to see the status of your application and see a copy of your file with us at any time, you can log into business connect and you will see all the details about your application including a copy of your application and where in the process your application is.

Click here to apply for a Club Licence

 

Club licence renewal

To renew your club licence you will need to log into Business Connect. If your licence expires before it is renewed, you must apply for a new licence.

Click here to renew a Club Licence 

 

Special Licence

A special licence allows for the sale and supply of alcohol at an event such as a street party or function. It can also be issued to a licensee for an extension of hours. It is issued for the one occasion only and cannot be renewed, however it can apply for more than one date covering the same type of event; for example for a two-day carnival. If alcohol is not sold at your event, or is not apart of a ticket price, then a special licence is not required. You can not get a special licence for a BYO (‘Bring your own Alcohol’) event or function.

Please note: all application for events occurring between 17 December 2021 and 28 January 2022 will need to be submitted to the Council before 18 November 2021 due to statutory shut down periods and District Licensing Committee meeting dates over the Christmas period. 

There are two types of special licences, on-site and off-site. On-site is for alcohol consumption on a premises or at an event.  An off-site special licence is for consumption of alcohol off-site or to be taken away from the event, however you can have small samples for people at the event on-site. Only a manufacturer, distributor or wholesaler of alcohol can hold an off-site special licence.

 

For larger events there is a requirement to have a Certified Duty Manager on duty at all times that alcohol is being sold. A detailed Alcohol Management Plan is required. View the Guidelines for Managing Alcohol at Large Events here. For a large event over 1000 people please also ensure you get your application to us as soon as possible as meetings may be required prior to the event being approved. Low and non-alcoholic options, water and substantial food must be provided at all events where alcohol is being sold.

 

Do you need a special licence?

do i need a special licence

 

Click here to apply for a Special Licence

 

Temporary authorities

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).

Click here to apply for a Temporary Authority 

Local Alcohol Policy (LAP)

New Zealand’s alcohol laws were reformed in 2012, The Sale of Liquor Act 1989 was repealed and replaced with The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 (SSAA 2012).

The new Act has put in place a new system of control over the sale and supply of alcohol with an emphasis on local decision making and harm minimisation. The object of the Act is that:

  1. The sale, supply and consumption of alcohol should be undertaken safely and responsibly; and
  2. The harm caused by the excessive or inappropriate consumption of alcohol should be minimise.

The SSAA 2012 enabled Councils to develop a Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) in order to control where and when alcohol can be sold. This LAP can then be utilised and considered by the District Licensing Committee when making decisions on alcohol licences.

Click here to view our Local Alcohol Policy

Alcohol Ban areas

Click here to view

 

All other alcohol application forms can be found here:

 

Contact us if you plan on selling or supplying liquor to the public, as you will need to consider planning and building issues and any other rules specific to your area. You will also need to talk to us about any requirements for kitchen, bar and toilet facilities.

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