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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. 

  • This type of licence is for bottle stores, online stores, supermarkets selling alcohol and cellar doors.  

    The national maximum trading hours are 7.00am until 11.00pm. 

  • 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.  


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.  

Need help?

Contact an alcohol licensing inspector to discuss anything about the sale of alcohol:

Phone 03 441 0499 (Queenstown) or 03 443 0024 (Wānaka).

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