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Liquor Certificate

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This page contains information about Liquor Certificates, how to apply and the process for granting permission.
Updated: 18/04/2018 12:18 p.m.

A Resource Management and Liquor Certificate is needed as part of any application for an on-licence, off-licence or club liquor licence.

The proposal must be a 'permitted activity' under the rules of our District Plan or have existing use rights or a valid resource consent. If it does not comply, a resource consent will be required before the proposal can proceed.

A Liquor Certificate is specific to the licensee and the premises. A new application must be made if the licensee moves their business to other premises, or the owner of the business changes. All Liquor Certificates are forwarded to our Liquor Licensing team for monitoring.

For further information about the requirements for liquor licences, follow the link below.

Preparing your application

A range of supporting information is required to be included with an application. The pages listed below will give you guidance on compiling this information.

You are entitled to one free pre-application meeting to discuss your proposal. Follow the link below for further information and a link to the request form.

Applying for a Liquor Certificate

Our detailed guidance notes explain the supporting information which you need to include with your application.

Resource Consent Application Guidance Notes [280kb)

When you have compiled all the necessary information, complete the application form and attach the information to it.

Liquor Planning Certificate Application Form [175kb] 

Processing a Liquor Certificate

We will process your application within 20 working days. Timeframes may be extended if you need to provide further information at any stage during the process. The 'processing clock' is stopped until you have provided this information.

Checking your application

Our customer services staff will do the initial check of your application to make sure it has been fully completed, the necessary information is included and sufficient copies have been supplied. If not, the application can't be lodged and we will let you know the reasons why.

Our planning staff will then do a preliminary planning check to make sure your application meets the RMA regulations. If the application is accepted, an advance fee/deposit is payable at this point.

A member of our planning team will visit the site and prepare a report with recommendations, which is then considered by a senior planner.

Development Contributions

We will assess your application for Development Contributions. Follow the link below for further information about our Development Contributions Policy and how contributions are calculated.

When the Development Contributions assessment is complete, the consent is issued. We will send the signed decision and an invoice for any additional charges which may have been incurred to the applicant or agent, if one has been engaged.

Cost of an application

We charge an advance fee which is intended to cover most of the actual and reasonable costs associated with processing any application.

Where the costs exceed the advance fee, they will be invoiced once a decision on the application is issued. Additional costs may be invoiced where ongoing monitoring or compliance checking is required.

Our Schedule of Fees and Charges contain a breakdown of costs and you can request an estimate of fees at any time.

If we engage an external consultant, their fees are added to your costs together with a 5% management fee which is applied to each invoice.



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