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Have your say on alcohol licence applications
There are a number of ways you can input into the alcohol licensing process.
Applications to sell alcohol must be publicly advertised to notify the community.
From 1 September 2020 the public notices for all applications in the Queenstown Lakes District and will be published online here.
A notice will also be placed at the principal entrance of the intended business, which will be visible from the outside.Close
If you want to object to an alcohol licence application, you must have a 'greater interest' than the general public.
What does 'greater interest' mean?
You have 'greater interest' if you are likely to be more affected by the licence than most other people. For example, if you live in the same street as the proposed licensed premises you could be in a position of greater interest, compared with someone who lives further away and has more general concerns.
Examples of what you can object to
suitability of the applicant
days and hours alcohol is proposed to be sold
days and hours the club premises will be used for club activities
proposed designation of the premises (whether minors will be allowed on the premises)
lack of enforcement for the minimum age requirements
lack of non-alcoholic refreshments and/or availability of food
the sale and supply of goods and services other than alcohol or food
it is considered that the application would contribute to harm in the community and is outside the object of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012
the design and layout of any proposed premises
whether the “amenity and good order of the locality” would be reduced by more than a minor extent
whether the “amenity and good order of the locality” is already badly impacted by existing alcohol licences
whether the applicant has capable, well-trained staff and good systems in place to meet their responsibilities when supplying alcohol
How to object
Your objection must be in writing and sent to the Council within 15 working days after the date of the first public notice.
Send objections to:
Attn: Secretary of the District Licensing CommitteeClose
Alcohol Licence Objection
Queenstown Lakes District Council
Private Bag 50072
A District Licensing Committee hearing is a legal process similar to a court hearing.
It is a public hearing so anyone can attend. If you have lodged an objection to an application, you will have the opportunity to speak in front of the committee.
Hearing dates are advertised as part of our monthly meeting schedule.Close
Licensed premises are required to serve alcohol responsibly at all times and to follow good host responsibility practices.
Please contact us if you have any concerns about a licensed premises.
Phone 03 441 0499 (Queenstown) or 03 443 0024 (Wānaka) or email email@example.com
You'll need to provide the following information:
your contact phone number
the best time for us to contact you
name of the licensed premises
address of the premises
your concerns (provide as many details as possible, including the date and time of any specific incidents)