To operate a gambling machine or gambling venue in Wellington city, you must apply for consent from the District Licensing Agency.
Apply for gambling consent
Operating gaming machines outside of casinos is categorised under the Gambling Act 2003, as Class 4 gambling because of the high risk.
Gambling Act - NZ Legislation
If you want to operate gaming machines in Wellington city, you must apply for a Class 4 Venue Licence from Wellington City Council.
This applies to:
- new gambling venues
- existing gambling venues that began operations any time after 17 October 2001
- existing venues that want to increase the number of gaming machines at that venue
- existing venues that want to start operating gaming machines which were not on the premise's licence within the previous six months.
Return your completed application to:
Apply for a gaming licence
Once you have received a gambling consent from the Council you must also apply for any gaming licences required by the Department of Internal Affairs.
Casino and Non-Casino Gaming - Department of Internal Affairs
The Council has a Gambling Venues Policy to:
- Manage the growth of gaming machines - The policy sets a maximum number of machines that can be operated within suburban areas of the city.
- Ensure supervision - The policy requires gaming machine venues to have a current on-licence with a designation, a club liquor licence, or a permanent club charter under the Sale of Liquor Act 1989.
Gambling Venues Policy
All Gaming Venue Zone PDFs in the list below open in new windows.
Gaming venue zones
Wellington is divided into seven gaming venue zones. Check the maps below to find out which zone you are in and the maximum number of gaming machines allowed in each zone.