6. Post your public notice
After you've submitted your application, you must post a notice to let the public know that you've applied to make a change to your alcohol licence.
Notify the public of your alcohol licence application
7. Application assessment
This process takes at least 35 working days. Your application will be assessed by a Council licensing inspector (who might also visit your premises), an alcohol harm reduction officer from NZ Police, and a medical officer of health from Capital & Coast DHB.
Application assessment process
Note: Currently there are delays for some applications due to the COVID-19 Epidemic Notice. While the Notice is still in place the timeframes for Police and the Medical Officer of Health to report on applications are suspended.
8. If there's opposition or objection
If your licence variation is opposed, or objected to by a member of the public, you may be able to resolve the issue through discussion or by making a change to your application (for example, reducing your hours). If you prefer not to negotiate or change your application, you'll have a chance to present your case at a hearing.
If there's opposition or objection to your alcohol licence application
9. If your variation is approved
You'll be notified by mail or email.
You must continue to meet all the requirements of your current licence until your variation is approved.
Legal requirements for licence holders
You can meet with an alcohol licensing inspector for free. They're available Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm.
Phone: 04 801 3760
Meet with an alcohol licensing inspector