What is an alcohol 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 place for the premises.
A Temporary Authority cannot be issued to a club or an unlicensed premises.
How to apply
You must apply for a temporary authority at least 20 working days before the scheduled takeover date.
Apply using our online application form.
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!
Include the following information and documents with your application:
- Letter from your lawyer/solicitor confirming the date of takeover between the two parties.
- Copy of the company extract
- Full details of each director, secretary and shareholder (including dates of birth).
What happens next
Once your application is submitted, we will forward a copy to the New Zealand Police, Medical Officer of Health and our Licensing Inspector to review. If there is any opposition to your application, we will let you know.
The final decision will be made by the District Licensing Committee.
If granted, we will post a copy to you. The certificate will need to be displayed in a visible place in your premises, next to the existing on or off licence.