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Want a new alcohol licence?
Licences can only be obtained through the Selwyn District Council.
If you are planning to sell alcohol you must have the correct licence and a host responsibility policy stating how you will care for your patrons. You must also have a duty manager who holds a manager's certificate on duty at all times, although there may be exceptions.
Changes to Alcohol Licensing - Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012
The new Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 came into force on 18 December 2013 and replaces the old Sale of Liquor Act 1989. The new Act changes some requirements for the licences and certificates that are issued. These pages have been updated to reflect those changes. All licence holders are required to comply with the new law.
All application forms have been updated. Please ensure you use the latest version on this website - they are different from previous years.
An information sheet is available that describes the different types of licences available and how to make an application. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Local Alcohol Policy
Under the new law, Selwyn District Council is required to develop a Local Alcohol Policy for the District. The provisional policy has been appealed.
On, off and club licences can take several months to process as various reports are required, and specified time periods must be allowed for the public to comment on the application.
All new licences are issued for one year (a probation year) and then normally will be renewed for a period of three years. If the Council, Police or Public Health indicate that the premises have been a concern during the previous licensed period, or the public object to your application, it may need to be determined by way of a public hearing by the District Licensing Committee.
If you require more information or assistance, please contact the Alcohol Licensing Team at Food & Health Standards on 03 365 1667.
Types of Licence
- Alcohol Licensing Applications - Public Notices
- New Zealand Legislation: Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012
- Local Alcohol Policy
- Sale of Alcohol Fees and Charges
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