Alcohol licences

If you want to sell or supply alcohol in Wellington City, you must have a current alcohol licence.

COVID-19 update

New licence applications: We will continue to process all existing and any new alcohol licensing applications.

Licence renewals: Anyone who has a licence that is due to be renewed during this shutdown period will be contacted to confirm whether they wish to renew that licence. However, we will be unable to process any renewals until we are back to normal business. Once businesses are permitted to start trading again we will allocate extra resource to ensure these applications are processed as soon as possible.

Manager's certificates: We are not booking interviews for new manager certificate applications and will be in touch when we can start face to face interviews again. If you applied before 23 March 2020 you will be given the option of having a phone interview.

We are continuing to accept renewals. If you already have a duty manager's certificate and want to renew it, email your application to

If your manager's certificate is due to expire during the lockdown period and you can't complete or submit the form electronically, email us at so we have a record of your intention to renew.

Variation to conditions: You can apply for a variation to the conditions of your alcohol licence, but we will be unable to process it until we are back to normal business.