This licence allows the sale and supply of alcohol for drinking at the specified licensed premises, such as cafes, taverns and hotels. The area specified as licensed is defined on plans provided and may include outside areas.

Apply for an on-licence

View our handy step-by-step guide to getting an alcohol licence to make sure you've got everything covered. 

Download and complete an on-licence application form. All alcohol licence applications require a Certificate of Compliance for the premises. You must include this with your application.

View the working days specified in the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act that could affect application processing times.

Please read the checklist on the form to make sure you include all the extra documents we need with your application. Incomplete applications will be returned.

If your application is complete, there are no objections and all building requirements are met, on-licences can normally be processed within four to six weeks.

This application needs a lodgement meeting and cannot be submitted online.

On-licences are issued for one year probation year and then renewed for three years.

Bring your own (BYO)

This is an endorsed on-licence specific to restaurants which allow customers to bring their own alcohol and drink it at the premises while dining. Read our host responsibility and our BYO information sheet(external link) for guidance on how to manage BYO in your restaurant.

Payment of fees

View alcohol licensing fees.

Application fees are non-refundable and must be paid when you apply for your licence.  

Most alcohol licensing fees are set by regulations. Any fees set by Council are subject to annual review with any changes taking effect on 1 July each year.

You will need to have an invoice from us before you can make your payment. This will be provided to you when you file your application documents.

Payments can be made by cash or EFTPOS/Credit Card at a service desk or by internet banking. Internet banking payment account and reference details can be found on your invoice. For internet banking you will need to provide proof of payment that includes confirmation of the payment details (e.g. a screenshot of the completed transaction).

We can only process your application once we have both the proof of payment of fees and the required application form and documents.

Note: As banks are phasing cheques out, we will no longer be able to accept payments by cheque after 30 April 2021. For other payment options please contact a Technical Officer in the Alcohol Licensing Team on 03 941 8999 or alcohollicensing@ccc.govt.nz.

View a summary of this page on the Alcohol licensing fees information sheet. [PDF, 98 KB]

Lodgement meeting

New licence applications are received through a lodgement meeting. You will need to make an appointment with an inspector to lodge your new licence application.

Further information

You can complete and submit your Notice of Duty Manager appointment or change online. 

These documents and links give more information about applying for and holding an on-licence: