When to apply
You need to apply for a variation to the conditions of your alcohol licence if you want to change:
- the days or hours you're licensed to sell alcohol
- the areas of your premises that are licensed
- the type of premises you operate – for example, changing from a restaurant to a tavern
- designated areas within your premises – for example, areas that are restricted (no one under 18 can enter) or areas that are supervised (under 18s must have a parent or guardian with them).
Note: If applying for a variation isn’t urgent, you may want to wait until you next renew your licence. Doing them together means you’ll only pay one set of fees.
How to apply
Once your application is submitted, the process takes at least 35 working days.
If you have any questions during the process, you can meet with an alcohol licensing inspector for help or advice – it's free.
1. Before you start your application
If you're doing building work, you need your building consent (and resource consent if required) approved before you can apply for your variation.
You don't need to have completed the building work or received a code compliance certificate – as part of your application, you'll order certificates to show you either have building and resource consents, or don't need them.
Building and resource consents
2. Prepare your supporting documents
You must provide copies of all these documents with your application – if you don’t, your application can be delayed or rejected.
Documents required for all licence types