Alcohol Licensing

If you are applying for on, off, club and special licences, and managers’ certificates you need to contact the Council. If your application is opposed it may be sent to the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority (ARLA).

Who to contact

Special Licences

Fees

Manager's Certificate

Law changes

Combined Local Alcohol Policy [PDF, 872 KB]

Southland Alcohol Licensing Newsletter

Who to Contact

There are many variables with alcohol licensing depending on the type of licence you wish to obtain. Therefore, before making an application, it is best to discuss it first with the licensing inspector. If the particular issue is covered by another regulatory agency then they can point you in the right direction.

Please feel free to ring or make an appointment with us by phoning 03 209 0330. You will need to talk to our Licensing Inspector Frances Shepherd. You can email her on fshepherd@goredc.govt.nz.

The Gore District Licensing Agency Secretary is the Council’s Chief Executive Stephen Parry.

Other alcohol enforcement agency contacts:

Alcohol Licensing Authority
Tribunals Unit

Private Bag 32 001
Panama Street
Wellington 6146

Phone 04 462 6660

Police Alcohol Licensing

Gore Police Station
2 Hokonui Drive
YX 10173
Gore

Phone 03 203 9300

Public Health South

Public Health South
92 Spey Street
PO Box 1601
Invercargill

Phone 03 211 0900

Special Licences

To sell alcohol at events and occasions, you need to apply for a special licence. Examples include race meetings, fundraisers, or sports matches.

You’ll also need a special licence if the event is:

  • at a venue with a club licence but you are expecting non-club members to attend the event and drink liquor there
  • outside the hours or area authorised in an existing on-licence or club licence
  • being held in an unlicensed premise or area

We cannot issue a special licence for a BYO event at a public premises or any mode of transporation such as an aircraft, boat or train.

You do not need a special licence when:

  • you are supplying liquor to your guests in your own private residence
  • your guests are bringing liquor to your own private residence

Special licences are required to be considered by the medical officer of health, the police and licensing inspector.

You need to ensure your application is lodged with the Council no later than 20 working days before the event. 

You can download an application for a special licence [PDF, 930 KB] or pick one up from the Council's main office.

The cost of a special licence varies, depending on the size of the event and number of events being applied for.  

Fees

$63.25 for one or two events covered by the licence that are of a small scale.

$207 for three to 12 events covered by the licence that are of a small size, or one to three events that are of a medium size.

$575 for all other special licences, including licences for events of a large size, 13 or more events that are of a small size, or four or more events of a medium size.

For further information regarding what fee should accompany your application, please contact our alcohol licensing team, phone 03 209 0330 or refer to our full schedule of licensing fees and charges.

Manager's Certificate

Before you apply for a manager's certificate, you need to ensure you have the appropriate qualification required by the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.

You must be 20 years of age to apply.

If you have completed the Licence Controller's Qualification under the Sale of Liquor Act 1989 (ie prior to 18 December 2013), you'll need to successfully complete the LCQ bridging test to show you understand and can comply with the new Act before we grant your manager's certificate.

The LCQ bridging test is only available on the Service IQ website.  The test is free until the end of 2016.  You'll need to know your LCQ number before you can log onto this site.

When you’re ready to apply, download the application for new manager’s certificate or renewal of manager’s certificate or pick up an application from the Council's main office.

New manager's certificate [PDF, 1.3 MB]

Renewal of manager's certificate [PDF, 1.3 MB]

You must have recent experience and be working in the industry to apply.

There is a $316.25 (including GST) fee for a manager's certificate. It is non-refundable.

If renewing your manager's certificate, issued under the Sale of Liquor Act 1989, you can:

  • Apply for the renewal once you’ve completed the Licence Controller's Qualification bridging test. We can then grant your renewal for the full three years.
  • Choose not to complete the Licence Controller's Qualification. We will still grant you a renewal of your manager's certificate but it is limited to one year. If you wish to renew it after that then you will need to complete the Licence Controller's Qualification bridging test.

The Service IQ Bridging test may only be offered until the end of the year (2016).  We suggest you get it completed now and don’t leave it until the last minute to complete.  If you miss out on completing the Bridging Test before it is taken off line and unavailable, you will have to complete in full the new LCQ course.  This is not free.

Any questions, please contact Service IQ at 0800 863 693.

https://serviceiqskillsonline.org.nz/lcq-bridging-test

Temporary manager

If a manager is ill or absent for any reason, or is dismissed or resigns, the licensee may appoint a temporary manager and notify the District Licensing Committee and Police in writing.  A temporary manager doesn't need to hold a Manager's Certificate but must apply for a certificate within two working days after being appointed.

After the application is made, the temporary manager shall be deemed to be the holder of a Manager's Certificate until the application is determined.

If the appointee doesn't apply for a Manager's Certificate within two working days, or if the application is refused, the licensee must cease to employ the appointee as a manager.

Acting manager

A licensee may appoint an acting manager and must notify the District Licensing Committee and Police in writing:

  • For any period, up to three weeks at any one time, where the licensee or a manager can't work because of illness or absence
  • For periods to a total of six weeks, in a 12 month period, so the licensee or manager can have some time off

The person appointed acting manager shall be deemed the holder of a Manager's Certificate and doesn't need to apply for a certificate if they don't already hold one.

Notification of Management Changes

Licensees must notify Council's Alcohol Licensing Team and the Police of any appointments, cancellations and terminations of duty managers within 48 hours.  They must also keep records of all duty managers at their premises for at least two years.  Remember, no one under the age of 20 can be appointed as a manager of licensed premises.

Notifying changes

A licensee must give notice of the appointment, cancellation or termination of any manager, temporary manager or acting manager, within 48 hours of the appointment to both the Council’s Alcohol Licensing Team and the Police.

Management change notification form [PDF, 1.3 MB]

Duty Managers

If you have just employed a person who already has their manager’s certificate and you wish them to be a duty manager then you need to complete the New Certificate Holding Manager section of the form.

If you end the employment of a certified manager you must complete the Termination / Cancellation of Manager Appointment section of the form.

Temporary Managers

If you want to appoint a staff member as a duty manager, who does not hold a managers certificate, you must complete the Temporary Managers section of the form. They must then lodge an application for a manager’s certificate within two working days with the Council’s Alcohol Licensing Team. 

If they do not lodge an application their appointment as a temporary manager is null and void.

There is no need to notify the two organisations if the temporary manager will be in the role for less than 48 hours.

Acting Managers

You can appoint an acting manager when the manager is ill, absent or on annual leave for a period of no more than three weeks at any one time and for a maximum accumulated period of six weeks within a 12 month period.

This person does not need to apply for a manager’s certificate. 

There is no need to notify the two organisations if the acting manager will be in the role for less than 48 hours.

Keeping records

As the Licensee you must keep a record of information for each manager (full managers, acting mangers, and temporary managers) at your premises. The record must be kept by you, as the licensee, for at least two years (under sections 24-26 of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Regulations 2013).

This is in addition to any notice of management change you send into the Alcohol Licensing Team and the Police (under section 231 of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012).

The Licensing Inspector or the Police can ask to see the record of managers at any time. To assist with this we suggest you keep the record as a log book.

The following information must be recorded for each and every type of manager at your premises:

Full Manager:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth, and sex
  • Manager's Certificate number and expiry date
  • Details of appointment/cancellation/termination
    • Date of appointment at premises
    • Date of termination
    • Date of notification of appointment to Council
    • Date of notification of appointment to the Police

Acting Manager:

(including those appointed to be in the role for less than 48 hours)

  • Full name
  • Date of birth, and sex
  • If one held, the Manager's Certificate number and expiry date
  • Details of appointment and ending of acting role
    • Each date of appointment at premises
    • Date each acting appointment ended
    • Date of notification of appointment (if for more than 48 hours) to Council
    • Date of notification of appointment (if for more than 48 hours) to the Police
  • Details of Manager being replaced by acting appointment
    • Full name
    • Reasons for manager’s absence

Temporary Manager

  • Full name
  • Date of birth, and sex
  • Date application made for Manager's Certificate
  • Details of appointment/cancellation/termination
    • Each date of appointment at premises
    • Date each temporary appointment ended
    • Date of notification of appointment (if for more than 48 hours) to Council
    • Date of notification of appointment (if for more than 48 hours) to the Police
  • Details of Manager being replaced by temporary appointment
    • Reason for appointment as Temporary Manager
    • If reason was because of the dismissal or resignation of another manager

Temporary Manager

  • Full name
  • Date of birth, and sex
  • Date application made for Manager's Certificate
  • Details of appointment/cancellation/termination
    • Each date of appointment at premises
    • Date each temporary appointment ended
    • Date of notification of appointment (if for more than 48 hours) to Council
    • Date of notification of appointment (if for more than 48 hours) to the Police
  • Details of Manager being replaced by temporary appointment
    • Reason for appointment as Temporary Manager
    • If reason was because of the dismissal or resignation of another manager

Law Changes

New Zealand’s new alcohol laws took effect on 18 December 2013.

The reforms aim to improve New Zealand’s drinking culture and reduce the harm caused by excessive drinking.

Alcohol law changes for the public

Alcohol law changes for the industry

Southland Alcohol Licensing Newsletter

Southland local authorities, police and Public Health South periodically produce a newsletter. You can read the latest issue here [PDF, 2.7 MB].

Gore District Council 29 Bowler Avenue Gore P: 03 209 0330 F: 03 209 0357 E: info@goredc.govt.nz