Most people like to have a drink when they celebrate a special occasion or socialise. However misuse of alcohol can lead to social problems.

Christchurch City Council the Police, Community and Public Health have a responsibility to control how alcohol is sold, supplied and consumed. Hosts, retailers and alcohol suppliers also need to ensure they and their staff have the right training and the correct licence so guests and customers can enjoy alcohol responsibly and within the law.

Contact us

If you require more information or assistance please phone the Christchurch City Council Alcohol Licensing Team on (03) 941 8999 and ask to talk to a Technical Officer in the Alcohol Licensing Team or email

Timelines and trading days

Defines working days and sacrosanct days that regulate time periods when you can apply for a licence and which days alcohol can be sold on licenced premises.

Alcohol licence fees

A schedule of fees relating to alcohol licensing applications and renewals.

Objecting to a grant of a licence

Members of the public can object to an application for an alcohol licence in some cases.

Host responsibility

Creating a responsible drinking environment and looking out for your customers.

Supplying food

Business with on-licences or club licences must have food available whenever they are open and selling alcohol.

Alcohol licence public notification

Applications for alcohol licences (new and renewal) must be notified to the public.

Alcohol bans

It is illegal to drink alcohol in public places in certain areas of Christchurch. This helps to keep our city safe and welcoming.