Liquor Licensing

​​​​​​​​​​The aim of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 is not to restrict liquor sale and supply, but to promote safe and legal drinking. To sell alcohol, you must ensure that you have the correct liquor licence.

On Licence

An On Licence allows the sale or supply of alcohol for consumption on premises such as a bar, cafe, pub, hotel, tavern or restaurant. This type of licence is also needed to sell liquor on on-board transportation such as a plane, train, bus or boat. Alcohol cannot be taken away from an on licensed premise.

Apply online for an On Licence (new and renewal)

​​Please note: You must create a new account or login to your existing account in order to apply online. Having an account means you can save your work!

Off Licence

An Off Licence allows the holder to sell or supply alcohol for use off the licensed premises. This type of licence applies to a "stand alone" bottle shop or store, supermarket or grocery store, brewery, winery.

Apply online for an Off Licence (new and renewal)

Please note: You must create a new account or login to your existing account in order to ​​apply online. Having an account means you can save your work!

Club Licence

A Club Licence allows a club to sell or supply alcohol for consumption on the premises to its members and their guests and members of other clubs who hold reciprocal visiting rights. A Club Licence may be issued for sports clubs and social clubs only.

Apply online for a Club Licence (new and renewal)​

Please note: You must create a new account or login to your existing account in order to ​​apply online. Having an account means you can save your work!

Temporary Authority

A Temporary Authority is a licence that is issued when an existing licensed premises is taken over and the new owner wishes to continue to sell or supply liquor. This is a three month, temporary measure until a new licence is issued to the new owner.

This type of application can only be applied for if there is a current licence already in force for the premises.  A Temporary Authority cannot be issued to a club.

Application for a Temporary Authority

​​Please note: You must create a new account or login to your existing account in order to apply online. Having an account means you can save your work!

Application fees

With the introduction of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 the Government have set national default fees for alcohol licensing. Important details to note are:

  • An annual fee is now payable on the anniversary of your premise licence.
  • Changes have been made to manager's fees, Special Licences and Temporary Authorities.
  • Licences for premises are based on a cost/risk-based approach for alcohol licensing fees.

Please use the table below to calculate your weighting amount for your premises and then use that to establish which risk category your premises fits into. Once calculated, please refer to the default liquor fees table (further down) for the application fee. Definitions of Class 1, 2 and 3 premises are available online.

Cost/risk category framework for alcohol licences

Licence type​ ​Type of premises (definitions are available below this table) ​Weighting
On Licence ​Class 1 restaurants, night club, tavern, adult premises​ ​15
​Class 2 restaurants, hotel, function centre ​10
Class 3 restaurants, other ​5
​BYO restaurant, theatres, cinemas, winery cellar doors ​2
​Off Licence ​​Supermarket, grocery store, bottle store ​15
​Hotel, tavern ​10
​Class 1, 2 or 3 club, remote sale premises, other ​5
​Winery cellar doors ​2
Club Licence ​Class 1 club ​10
​Class 2 club ​5
​Class 3 club ​2

+​​ ​

Licence type Latest trading hour allowed by licence Weighting
​On Licence or Club Licence ​​2am or earlier ​0
Between 2.01am and 3am 3​
Any time after 3am 5​
​Off Licence ​10pm or earlier ​0
​Any time after 10pm ​3
Remote sales premises ​Not applicable ​0

​​​+​​ ​

​Licence type ​Number of enforcements holdings in last 18 months ​Weighting
​None ​0
​1 ​10
​2 or more ​20

Class 1, 2 and 3 Definitions

Enforcement

This has the same meaning as a “Holding” under section 288 of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act, or a previous offence for which a holding may have been issued if the offence had occurred before 18 December 2013.

Default liquor fees

The licensing system has five fee categories, which reflect the range of cost/risk ratings as shown below:

​Cost/risk category

(based on weighting)

​Renewal fee (licensee every 3 years)

OR initial application fee (payable by first time applicant)

​Annual fee

(payable by licensee)
​Very low (0-2) ​$368 ​$161
​Low (3-5) ​$609.50 ​$391
​Medium (6-15) ​$816.50 ​$632.50
High (16-25) ​$1,023.50 ​$1,035
​Very high (26 plus) ​$1,207.50 ​$1,437.50
 

Please note that the application fees are non-refundable after the application is received by our licensing committee.

Other fees

Licence Type

Fee amount

Temporary Authority ​$269.70
​Manager's Certificate ​$316.25
​Special Licence ​Three tier framework (please see Special Licences)

Licence and Certificate application forms

When applying for a new licence, you will need to submit the relevant applications:

Once the application is received and is considered to be complete, we then send it to the local police, the medical officer of health, our liquor licensing inspector and environmental health officer for comment.

Liquor signage

The following signage should be displayed in all licensed premises.

Change in management

When there has been a change in management for a licensed premises please complete one of the below applications to notify the District Licensing Committee.

Acting manager

An acting manager can be appointed when a duty manager is ill, absent or on annual leave for a period of no more than three weeks at any one time and for a maximum of six weeks in a 12 month period. It is not necessary for this person to apply for a Manager's Certificate. If the appointment is to be for more than 48 hours then you must contact us, in writing, prior to their start date or complete the online application form below.

Temporary manager

If you wish to appoint someone who does not hold a current Manager's Certificate, you can appoint them as a temporary manager. They will need to lodge an application for a Manager's Certificate with us within two working days of their appointment. To appoint someone as a temporary manager you must contact us, in writing, prior to their start date or complete the online application form below.

For more information on management changes visit our Manager's Certificate page.

Queries and decisions

For all inquiries regarding liquor licences and certificates please contact us on 07 376 0899 or techsupport@taupo.govt.nz.

You can view the decisions made by the committee on our District Licensing Committee decisions webpage.

Lodging an Objection

Please refer to the Information Guide - Lodging an objection to an application to hold a licence to sell alcohol​.​

​Taupo District Licensing Committee Annual Report to Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority

The Annual Reports to the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority are available to read below. The reports cover an overview of the workload, initiatives, local alcohol policy, current legislation and other matters.

DLC-Annual-Report-to-ARLA-for-year-ended-30-June-2016.pdf

DLC-Annual-Report-to-ARLA-for-year-ended-30-June-2017.pdf


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