A formal lodgement meeting is required with an alcohol licensing inspector in order to file your application for a new premises licence or variation application.

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New applications and variations

The purpose of the lodgement meeting is for the Inspector to confirm:

  • Your application is complete.
  • All requested documents have been provided. 
  • The nature of your business operations and the outline of the area you are requesting to be licensed.

This information will enable the inspector to calculate the fees payable on your application and to issue you with an invoice for your application and annual fees, which must accompany your application. Applications will not be accepted unless they are complete and the correct fees have been paid.

Make an appointment 

Phone the Alcohol Licensing team on 03 941 8999 or email alcohollicensing@ccc.govt.nz and ask to make an appointment with an inspector for a lodgement meeting. When making your appointment we need to know:

  • Your name and contact details.
  • Name of your trading company and proposed trading name of the business (if known).
  • Location and address of the proposed premises.
  • Type of licence you wish to apply for (On, Off, Club).
  • The nature of the proposed business, e.g. café, restaurant, tavern, bottlestore, remotes sales.


There is no cost for lodgement meetings with inspectors.