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This page provides information on how to apply for or renew a  Manager's Certificate, notification of management change and links to the guidance notes and application forms.
Updated: 23/03/2017 8:52 a.m.

How to apply for a new certificate

To apply for a Manager’s Certificate you must be 20 years or older and have at least 3 months full-time experience working in a licensed premises selling alcohol in New Zealand.

Complete the application form and submit it to us. Include:

  • proof of having passed the Licence Controller Qualification (LCQ)
  • if your LCQ refers to the 1989 Act, a bridging test certificate
  • employment and general character references
  • evidence of your work experience
  • details of any convictions you may have

How to renew a current certificate

A new Manager's Certificate is issued for 12 months and then is usually renewed every three years after that.

Renewal applications must be made before the expiry date of your certificate. If you do not renew it before it expires, you will need to apply for a new Manager's Certificate.

You will need to supply:

  • a copy of your existing manager's certificate
  • a copy of your LCQ
  • a copy of your bridging certificate if your LCQ was issued under the 1989 Act
  • a letter demonstrating that you are employed on the licensed premises.

Change of manager

A certified manager must be on duty at all times when alcohol is being sold or supplied to the public. If the certified manager is ill, absent, dismissed or has resigned, a licensee can formally appoint a temporary or acting manager.

You are legally required to give notice to us of the appointment, or termination of the appointment, of any manager, Temporary Manager, or Acting Manager using a s231 Notice.

Notice must be given within 48 hours of the appointment or termination being made.

It is not necessary to notify us if the appointment will not exceed 48 hours, however it is recommended that such appointments are recorded in a daybook, or log book, along with the reason for the appointment.

You must also hold a register (list) of all the certificated managers you use at your premises.  This must be available for Police or Inspectors to view at all times.

The application fee for all manager's certificates is $316.25 (including GST).  


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