Alcohol licensing public notices
Current alcohol licensing public notices
|DLC Record Number||Application Type||Premises Name||Objections Close|
|OF0121||Renewal of Off Licence||Ricks Liquor Centre||4 December 2023|
|ON0318||Renewal of On Licence||Simon Dickie Adventures Limited||8 December 2023|
|ON0376||Renewal of On Licence||Roots Cafe Limited||15 Decmber 2023|
|ON0235||Renewal of On Licence||Batra Limited - D Bar||18 December 2023|
|ON0265||Renewal of On Licence||Indian Delight Enterprises Limited||16 January 2024|
Members of the public have an opportunity to object to an application for an alcohol licence. Your objection must be in writing and must be sent to the District Licensing Committee within 15 working days after the date of the first public notice.
Who can object
You have 'greater interest' in the licence application if you are likely to be more directly affected by the licence than most other people. This is called having status or standing. For example, if you live in the same street as the proposed premises you could be in a position of greater interest, compared with someone who lives 10km away and has concerns about the effects of alcohol on the community.
What you can object about
Your objections must relate to matters listed in Section 105 of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. You must make specific reference to these matters in your letter for your objection to be valid.
The Act defines good order and amenity as 'pleasant and agreeable'. Section 106 of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 can also help us understand what good order and amenity covers.
What to include in your objection
Your letter of objection must include:
- the name and location of the proposed premises
- why you have an interest that is greater than the general public in the licence application
- your reasons for objecting, based on section 105 or 106 criteria
- your name, address and contact details, including email address. (Note: email is the preferred mode for communication).
Who will know about your objection
We must send a copy of all objections to the alcohol licence applicant. Applicants are allowed to know the basis of any objections so they can decide whether to change their proposal, continue with their application or prepare a/ response to the objections.
The reporting officers (Licensing Inspector, Police, and Medical Officer of Health officers) will also be provided a copy of all objections.
Objections or objector contact details will not be published or advertised. However, if you wish to appear and be heard at a public hearing then your name and the nature of your objections do become a matter of public record.
What happens to your objection
When we receive your objection we will send you an acknowledgement. Your objection will also be sent to the alcohol licence applicant.
We assess your objection to make sure it meets the criteria for consideration:
- that you have an interest greater than the general public in the licence application, and
- that your grounds for objection meet the criteria under section 105 or 106.
Once all statutory reporting agencies have reported, the licence application file will be forwarded to the District Licensing Committee for a decision, along with all objections received. The application and objections will then be considered at a public hearing.
When a hearing date has been set we will write to all those involved advising the hearing date, time and location and procedure for disclosure of evidence and submissions.
Where to send your objection
Send your objection to the District Licensing Committee by post, email or in person.
Post: Private Bag 2005, Taupō Mail Centre, Taupō 3351
In person: 30 Tongariro Street, Taupō
Taupō DLC hearing procedures
At the DLC public hearing, the Registrar will ask all people who wish to have their say to complete an appearance slip for the file's records. The Commissioner will then explain the order of proceedings.
The licence applicant or the applicant's agent begins proceedings by stating their case, giving evidence and calling witnesses in support of the application. The Applicant should come prepared with a brief of evidence outlining their case. This brief of evidence should contain a summary as to why the Application should be approved. The Police and DLC follow with their matters of opposition or concern. Finally, the objectors have their say. All parties are given the opportunity to ask the witnesses questions.
Once the hearing is complete, the Taupō DLC may reserve its decision. This means it retires to consider the material presented at the hearing and review the application. It may take up to 20 working days for a decision to be issued.