The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 governs the system for considering alcohol licensing applications.
District Licensing Committee
All decisions on alcohol licences and manager's certificates (opposed and unopposed) will be made by the Stratford District Licensing Committee. The committee considers the effect of alcohol activity on our community.
The District Licensing Committee consists of:
- Commissioner - Neil Volzke
- Deputy Chairman (to be advised)
- Barrie Smith
- Channa Perry
- John Rowe
- Lynn Bublitz
- Paul Walden
- Peter Coles
- Peter Stringer
Hearing Decisions of the Stratford District Licensing Committee:
- State Highway 3 Ltd (3158 Mountain Road, Stratford known as the "Midhirst Tavern") - 12 November 2021
To ensure that the sale and supply of alcohol takes place responsibly, it is a legal requirement under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 that you have a licence before you can sell or supply alcohol. If you are planning a party, opening a bar or anything in between, find out first if you need a licence.
Types of licences
The type of activity or business you plan will determine the type of liquor licence you will need. Applying for an alcohol licence can be a complex task. Below are some examples:
|On Licences||On licences allow for the sale and supply of alcohol for consumption on the premises. This includes taverns, bars, hotels, cafes, restaurants and other entertainment venues.|
|Off Licences||Off licences allow for the sale and supply of alcohol for consumption off the premises. This includes bottle stores and supermarkets.|
|Club Licences||Club licences allow for the sale and supply of alcohol for consumption on the club premises to members of the club, their guests and members of clubs with reciprocal visiting rights.|
|Special Licences||Special licences allow for the sale and supply of alcohol to anyone attending an event. This can include a private function, street party or sporting event. A special licence can also be issued to an on-licence or club-licence for an event not covered in their on licence or club licence.|
How to obtain an Alcohol Licence
Meet with the Licensing Inspector, explain your plans and discuss any issues prior to making your application for an alcohol licence. Contact us to make an appointment on 06 765 6099.
Things to also consider: If you plan on selling or supplying alcohol to the public, you will need to consider planning, building and environmental health issues and any other rules specific to your area.
Alcohol Licensing Fees
Fees are set out in the Sale and Supply of Alcohol ( Fees) Regulations 2013.
A person may not be appointed as a manager of any licensed premises, unless the person is of or over the age of 20, and holds a manager's certificate. A Manager's certificate cannot be issued unless the applicant holds the prescribed qualification.
Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012
A licence application will be considered using the following criteria:
Object of the Act
(1) The object of this Act is that—
(a) the sale, supply, and consumption of alcohol should be undertaken safely and responsibly; and (b) the harm caused by the excessive or inappropriate consumption of alcohol should be minimised.
(2) For the purposes of subsection (1), the harm caused by the excessive or inappropriate consumption of alcohol
(a) any crime, damage, death, disease, disorderly behaviour, illness, or injury, directly or indirectly caused, or directly or indirectly contributed to, by the excessive or inappropriate consumption of alcohol; and (b) any harm to society generally or the community, directly or indirectly caused, or directly or indirectly contributed to, by any crime, damage, death, disease, disorderly behaviour, illness, or injury of a kind described in paragraph (a).
The suitability of the applicant
Suitability of an applicant may take into account: business or industry knowledge to effectively operate a licensed premises; recent experience in the industry; criminal history, or previous behaviour relating to the sale of alcohol.
The days and hours of sale
On Licenses:Club (all classes), nightclub, tavern, restaurant (all classes), and hotel. Monday to Sunday, 8.00am to 2.00am the following day.
Off Licenses:Monday to Sunday, 7.00am to 10.00pm. For further information please refer to the Local Alcohol Policy.
Local Alcohol Policy
The joint New Plymouth District Council and Stratford District Council Local Alcohol Policy has been adopted. View the Local Alcohol Policy
The Design and layout of premises
Good design and layout can help reduce alcohol-related harm through providing less crowding, increased safety and security and a better quality of environment. The Guidelines for Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) for licensed premises provides practical advice on design and layout.
Whether amenity and good order of the area would be substantially reduced
The Act specifies that in deciding whether amenity and good order would be reduced by more than a minor extent, the following must be taken into account:
- current, and possible future, levels of noise, nuisance and vandalism
- the number of other licensed premises in the area
- compatibility with the current and future use of surrounding properties.
If the issuing of a licence could create disturbances or inconvenience, or the premises are not likely to in harmony with the environment, this may affect the granting of a licence or may be grounds for objection.
Whether the applicant has systems, staff and training to comply with the law
This requires effective systems and staff training – firstly in identifying and understanding what the requirements are, and secondly establishing and learning effective ways of dealing with situations that could breach licence conditions and lead to an increase in alcohol related harm. Relevant considerations could be the number and experience of managers and staff as well as the amount of training provided.
Under-18s and alcohol
Alcohol.org.nz has useful information for parents and caregivers on supplying alcohol to under 18-year-olds. Check out the fact sheet on this page.
Object to an Application
If you want to object to an alcohol licence application, you must be in a position of 'greater interest' than the general public. 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 10km away and has general concerns about the effects of alcohol on the community. The Objection to an Application document will give you more information should you wish to make an objection to an application.
Further information can also be found in the booklet Have Your Say About Alcohol in Your Community which can be found on alcohol.org.nz.
There are strict rules governing the promotion and advertising of alcohol. Information about these can be found on alcohol.org.nz