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Below are Council consents, services and fees that you may need to know about as part of your project to open a restaurant:
All building works must comply with the Building Act to make sure that they are built safely and to an appropriate standard.
To find out whether your project will require building consent:
We process building consents within 20 working days.
This time frame may be affected if the application:
If you are handling food for sale, you will need to apply for a health licence.
To find out more information about health licensing:
You will need a liquor licence if you will be selling or supplying alcohol.
In addition, a certificated manager must be on the premises at all times when alcohol is being sold and supplied to the public.
To find out how to get a liquor licence:
If your business is producing more liquid waste than that of a large household, you may need a trade waste consent.
The Council grants consents on a case-by-case basis. Call the Council to discuss your situation with the Trade Waste Officer.
If it sounds like your business may need a consent, the Officer will assess your situation by looking at site plans, and the type and volume of liquid waste. Chemical analysis may also be involved. The Council officer's evaluation will show whether or not you need a consent.
To find out more information about consent for trade waste:
Perhaps you want to use a footpath to provide outdoor seating for customers? If so, you need to apply for pavement permission from the Council.
To find out how to apply for pavement permission, speak to a member of our Liquor Licensing team - phone (04) 499 4444 between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Receiving permission does not mean that you can serve alcohol in that area. You will need to apply for a liquor licence for the area separately.
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