Learn about the policies and acts that govern alcohol licensing.
Local Alcohol Policies (LAPs)
Council has developed a joint LAP with the Western Bay of Plenty District Council.
Local Alcohol Policy (558kb pdf)
Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012
The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 is the legislation relevant to the issuing and administration of alcohol licences.
An alcohol licence is specific to the licensee and the premises. If the licensee moves their business to other premises they must apply for a new licence for the new premises. Alternatively, if the owner of the business changes, a new licence needs to be applied for by the new owners.
At all times liquor is being sold or supplied on licensed premises, a person holding a manager's certificate must be on duty and responsible for compliance with the Act and the conditions of the licence.
On-licences, off-licences, club licences, and manager's certificates are usually issued for one year and then renewed for three years after that.