Appointing a temporary manager
If a certified manager is ill, absent, dismissed or resigns, the licensee can appoint a temporary manager. The temporary manager does not need to hold a current manager’s certificate, but must lodge an application for a manager’s certificate within 2 working days of the appointment. The temporary manager's status will remain in effect until their application has been considered.
If the application is not lodged within 2 working days, or the application is refused, the licensee must stop using that person as a manager.
Applying for a new manager's certificate
Appointing an acting manager
Acting managers can be appointed to cover planned or unplanned leave. If a manager is ill or absent, the licensee may appoint an acting manager for no more than 3 weeks at any one time, or a period of no more than 6 weeks in any 12-month period.
Appointing a new manager
When a manager has been granted a manager's certificate and will start acting as a duty manager, the licensee must notify the District Licensing Committee.
If a manager is dismissed, resigns or their certificate is cancelled
The licensee must notify the District Licensing Committee.
Before you fill in the application form
Have these things on hand to make notifying us easier:
Note: You can't sign for your own appointment unless you are the owner or operator.
- the premises' licence number
- applicant's email address
How to notify the DLC
Fill in our online form
Fill in the online form and wait for us to contact you. Online applications will be passed on to the Police.
Notify us online
Download a notification form
Download and complete the notification form. You can deliver it in person, by post or by email.
Notice of Appointment of Manager, Temporary or Acting Manager (43KB PDF)
Download and fill in the application form, then deliver it to our Service Centre at 12 Manners Street.
Download and fill in the application form. Email a copy to the following two addresses:
Download and fill in the application form. Post a copy to the following two addresses:
District Licensing Committee
PO Box 2199
Alcohol Harm Prevention Officer
New Zealand Police
PO Box 693
Process for appointing a temporary or acting manager
Once you've submitted the form
The District Licensing Committee may decide not to approve the appointment of any temporary or acting manager. This decision must be made within five working days of receiving the appointment notification.
This diagram illustrates what you can expect during the application process. Remember, the timeline is a guide. Your application might take longer.
Phone: 04 801 3760