An off licence allows the sale of alcohol for consumption off the premises eg bottle stores and supermarkets. Some hotels and taverns may hold both an off and on licence.

Changes to Alcohol LicensingBeer Bottles

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. All licence holders are required to comply with the new law.


Forms for licence applications have been updated. Please ensure you use the latest version on this website - they are different from previous years.

Information Sheets

An information sheet is available that details how to make an application.

Local Alcohol Policy

Selwyn District Council has had a Local Alcohol Policy in place as of 24th April 2017.

New Requirements for Off Licences

Under the new Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act there are new criteria that your business must meet to be issued a new or renewed licence. These include the suitability of the applicant, the hours proposed, the design and layout of the premises, and whether the amenity and good order of the locality will be affected by the business. The application form details the information that needs to be provided as part of the application.

Types of Premises That Can Hold an Off Licence

The Act specifies which types of premises can have an Off Licence. Premises that cannot have an off licence include petrol stations, garages, conveyances, dairies and convenience stores. Grocery stores that mainly sell food products may have an Off Licence.

Promotion and Display of Alcohol

There are new rules on the advertising and promotion of alcohol outside the premises which mean you cannot advertise free alcohol, promote discounts of more than 25% or offer prizes if customers buy alcohol. There are also new rules requiring that displays of alcohol can only be in a single area of the store.

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If you have any questions in regard to applying for an Off- licence, please contact us.