Alcohol Licensing

This section assists you to:

1) have a say on liquor licence applications in your neighbourhood

2) make a complaint about a licensed premises.

You can object to the following types of licence applications:

  • Off-licence = bottle store, supermarket, grocery store, etc
  • On-licence = bar, tavern, night club, restaurant, cafe, etc
  • Club licence = sports club, RSA, Cosmopolitan club, etc
  • Special licence = application for a special event where alcohol is sold (may be at a licensed premises, public festival, private special occasion, etc)

Tips and tools are provided to help you with this process.

The majority of alcohol sold in New Zealand is from off-licences.

Many communities across the country are actively involved in objecting to off-licence applications.

This section guides you along this process.


Many communities across the country are actively involved in objecting to on-licence applications. Reducing the number of licensed premises (places that sell alcohol) and problems associated with them can greatly improve your local surroundings and reduce alcohol-related harm.


Clubs can present many issues for communities when the sale of alcohol is poorly managed.

The exposure of hazardous drinking to minors, and sale of alcohol to minors, can be particularly problematic.


Large or special events can cause problems if poorly managed. A special licence allows the sale or supply of alcohol to persons attending an event, private function, street party, sporting event, etc.


Holding an alcohol licence is a privilege and not a right. It is important the licence holders and licensed premises comply with the law and conditions on their licence.

This section describes the importance of this area of action and guides you through the process of making a complaint about a local licensed premises. For information on taking action on single areas within supermarkets, please click here.



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