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Manager's Certificate

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This page provides information on how to apply or renew a General Manager's Certificate, notification of management change and links to the guidance notes and application forms.
Updated: 5/07/2016 2:48 p.m.

How to apply 

To obtain a General Manager’s Certificate you should be 20 years or older and have at least 3 months experience working behind a bar selling alcohol in New Zealand.

When you have completed the application form, submit it to us. It is important to complete the application form fully and include:

  • proof of having passed the Licence Controller Qualification (LCQ).
  • employment and general character references.
  • details of any convictions you may have.

How to renew

A General Manager's Certificate is initially issued for a 12-month period and then is usually renewed every three years after that. There is no longer a Club Manager's certificate.

All managers will need to hold the same certificate and meet the same criteria, including the Licensed Controller Qualification (LCQ)

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 General Manager's Certificate:

  • to apply for renewal for the area in which you are now working.
  • to supply 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.

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.


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

Application forms

If you need an application form please contact our Liquor Licensing office on +64 9 4304243.




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