This page contains information and agendas for District Licensing Committee Hearings.
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District Licensing Committee Hearings
All opposed alcohol licensing applications must be heard by the District Licensing Committee (DLC) at a public hearing.
A DLC hearing is a formal process similar to a court hearing. The DLC Chairperson and two appointed DLC members hear the application.
Hearings are reasonably formal so that applications are dealt with consistently and fairly. All parties are given an equal opportunity to present their views.
Hearings are usually held at Whangarei District Council Chambers, First Floor, Forum North Building, Rust Avenue.
District licensing committee hearings are open to the public, including members of the press. On occasion, it may be necessary to exclude the public from some parts of a hearing (for example when the Committee feels the privacy of an individual needs to be protected).
View a list of upcoming hearings below.
What happens at a Hearing
The usual procedure for a District Licensing Committee Hearing is as follows.
Welcome and Introduction
At the start of the hearing, the Chairperson of the District Licensing Committee will introduce the committee members sitting on the hearing committee and he/she will briefly outline the procedure for the hearing.
The Chairperson also confirms that the committee members don’t have any conflicts of interest and are able to consider the application impartially.
The Chairperson may then call upon the parties present to introduce themselves to the committee. The Chairperson is addressed as Mr Chairman or Madam Chair.
Application and Correspondence
The applicant will be called upon to present his/her case either personally or through a representative. The applicant may be represented by legal counsel or consultants and may call witnesses in support of the application.
The applicant and all witnesses will be required to take either an oath on the Bible or an affirmation.
After the applicant has presented his/her case, the committee question the applicant and the witnesses.
The Chairperson then invites the reporting agencies (Police, Medical Officer of Health and Licensing Inspector) and any objectors to cross question the applicant or witnesses.
The District Licensing Committee may ask questions to clarify the information presented.
Reports from Licensing Inspector, Ministry of Health, Police and Fire Service
Reporting agencies (Police, Fire Service, Medical Officer of Health and Licensing Inspector etc.) are then called upon to speak.
They are sworn in (by oath or affirmation) before making their submissions or presenting evidence. The agencies must answer questions from the committee.
The applicant and objectors may also ask them questions when it’s their turn to cross-examine.
Objectors who wish to speak will be called next. Objectors may speak themselves or be represented by legal counsel or consultants and may call witnesses on their behalf.
Each speaker will be required to take either an oath on the Bible or an affirmation. Objectors cannot introduce new grounds for objecting, but can present evidence to support their reasons for objecting.
The committee members or chairperson may question the objector or their witnesses.
The applicant and the reporting agencies can also ask questions about the evidence.
Applicant’s Statement/ Evidence
Once objections and cross-examination are completed, the applicant or his/her representative has the right to summarise the application and reply to matters raised by objections.
Members of the District Licensing Committee may ask further questions of the applicant at this stage.
Closure of Hearing
The Chairperson then generally closes the hearing and the applicant, objectors and their representatives leave the room.
The District Licensing Committee will then deliberate and will release its decision in writing in due course.
At any stage during the hearing, members of the District Licensing Committee may ask questions.
Please contact the Democracy Department at Whangarei District Council on (09) 430 4200, if you need more information on public hearings and the hearings process.
District Licensing Decisions
View the unopposed decisions for the last 12 months and the public hearing decisions for the last 3 months.
District Licensing Decisions