Club Licence

A Club Licence allows the sale and supply of alcohol on a club premises only (e.g. sports or social clubs) for club members, affiliates and guests of club members.

A club must be incorporated and must have secretary and the proceeds from the sale of alcohol must belong to the club. Club licences can be held by sports and social clubs.

A Temporary Authority cannot be granted to club licensed premises.

Certificate of Compliance

Every new application for a Club Licence must have a certificate from the Council to show that the proposed use of the premises meets the requirements of the Resource Management Act 1991 and of the building code.

The Certificate of Compliance must be obtained before you lodge your Club Licence application. Once all the correct information is provided it generally takes 15 working days to process and there is a fee.

Certificate of Compliance Application Form (76KB PDF)

Licence Renewals

A licence is normally renewed for three years.

You must apply to renew a licence at least 20 working days* before the date on which the current licence expires. If you apply to renew a licence less than 20 working days before the expiry date the application may be refused by the District Licensing Committee. If you apply after the expiry date of the current licence it will be treated as a new licence application and can only be granted for one year.

*Working days do not include weekends, public holidays or the period 20 December to 15 January inclusive.

Manager’s Certificate

Every holder of a Club Licence must appoint a manager or managers who hold a Manager’s Certificate. Holders of a Club Licence are not required to have a manager on duty at all times when alcohol is being sold or supplied. Details of current or proposed manager/s that hold a Manager’s Certificate needs to be supplied with your application.

Public Notice

The Council now places public notices for licence applications on the Council website. These can be viewed here.

Once your application has been accepted, you must attach a notice to the outside of the premises within 10 working days after filing the application, in a conspicuous place on or adjacent to the site to which the application relates. the notice must remain on  display for at least 10 days.

Public notice template (display at premises) (37KB PDF)

Licence Fees

Fees are calculated according to a new premises cost/risk rating that is determined by a combination of factors.

More information on Licence Fees.

More information

Information about the new Act on the Ministry of Justice website
Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012
Alcohol Ban Areas

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