General information about alcohol On Licences, and the application form.

An On Licence allows the sale and supply of alcohol for consumption in or on the specified licensed premises i.e. restaurants, cafes, taverns and hotels. The licensed area is defined on plans provided by the applicant and may include outside areas such as decks, gardens, etc.

On Licences can also be issued for conveyances such as boats or trains.


Please use the attached forms for licence application:

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To apply online through Business Connect you will need to set up a RealMe 'Selwyn District Council' account (see below).  If you require any assistance please contact our Alcohol Licensing Administrators at Food and Health Standards Ltd on 03 365 1667

  1. Right click on Business Connect (select 'open link in a new tab')
  2. Login using your RealMe account. If you don’t have a RealMe account, you can follow the link to quickly create one.
  3. If it’s your first time logging onto Business Connect, you will need to create an account using your email address.
  4. Once you have you have done that, go to the Business Connect dashboard.
  5. lick the Alcohol License tab.
    Click the check eligibility button once you have read the information.
  6. Select ‘Selwyn District Council' in the 'Your Council' field.
  7. Complete the application form.
Note: The online form is administered by Business Connect; you can find their Privacy Statement online. Any Technical issues can be emailed to

Information SheetsBar

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

To sell alcohol you must also have food available, this my mean you need a food licence.

Local Alcohol Policy

Selwyn District Council has had a Local Alcohol Policy [PDF, 116 KB] in place as of 24th April 2017.

Requirements for On Licences

Under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act there are 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.

There are also new rules around maximum trading hours, host responsibilities and the advertising and promotion of alcohol.

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