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Find the right alcohol licence and apply
Find out which alcohol licence you need and how to apply.
Supply alcohol at a new business or club
If you're planning to sell alcohol from a business or club, there are different alcohol licences that may apply:
This type of licence is for bars, restaurants and cafés, BYO-only restaurants and caterers.
All on-licences need to have substantial food available at all times. The national maximum trading hours are between 8.00am and 4.00am the following day and may be more restrictive subject to the District Licensing Committee discretion.Close
This type of licence is for bottle stores, grocery stores, supermarkets and cellar doors. The national maximum trading hours are 7.00am until 11.00pm.
If you only intend to sell alcohol remotely, you will need to apply for a s.40-endorsed off-licence. Remote sellers must have at least one duty manager employed and listed on the application form as per s.212 of the Act. If the owner/operator of the business wishes to apply for a duty managers certificate and does not meet the required six month relevant experience, please speak with an alcohol licensing inspector.
If you operate a s.40 remote sellers licence, customers are not permitted to be on your premises to purchase or collect alcohol. All sales must be conducted remotely and alcohol delivered to your customers.
All alcohol licences are issued to the address where the sale takes place. In most instances, for remote sellers, alcohol is stored and distributed from a different location.Close
This type of licence is for any club that is registered as an incorporated society and can only sell and supply alcohol to members, authorised customers (guests of members), or authorised visitors (holds reciprocal visiting rights).
If you're intending to hire the club rooms to any non-members , authorised customers or visitors, and you wish to sell alcohol to those who have hired the venue then you'll need to get a special licence.Close
Supplying alcohol at an event
If you want to sell alcohol at a one-off event or series of events you need a special licence.
Taking over a licensed business
If you're buying an established business that sells alcohol you need a temporary authority to continue selling alcohol while you apply for a new on-licence or off-licence.
Contact an alcohol licensing inspector to discuss anything about the sale of alcohol:
Phone 03 441 0499 (Queenstown) or 03 443 0024 (Wānaka).