You may need resource consent or building consent.
This considers things like the zone your premises is in, the hours you want to open and any impact on neighbours.
We encourage you to meet with us to discuss your proposal. Your first meeting is free.
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Resource Consents Application guidance notes
You may need building consent if you are changing the building in any way, changing the use or increasing the number of visitors.
If you are applying for an On, Off or Club Licence, you must have at least one certified duty manger. Follow the link below for further information.
If you are applying for an On or Club Licence, food must be available to customers. A food registration is required. Follow the link below for further information.
You can submit your application and fee in-person, by post or email. You will need to pay any licence fees before we can process your application.
If submitting by post or email, you will be emailed an invoice which must be paid within 20 working days.
Alcohol fees and charges
Once you have submitted your On, Off or Club licence application, the public need to be notified in two ways:
- Applicant to display public notice of application at entrance to premises within 10 days after submitting the application.
- Council to upload public notice online within 20 working days of receiving a complete application.
It takes a minimum of six weeks to process On, Off and Club licence applications.
The application is reviewed and reported on by the Alcohol Harm Reduction Officer at the NZ Police (Whangārei District), Medical Officer of Health at the Northland District Health Board, NZ Fire and Emergency Service (Whangārei District) and one of our Licensing Officers.
If there are any issues or concerns with the application, or it is opposed by a member of the public you will be contacted and advised of a possible public hearing.
If there are no concerns or issues the application is forwarded to the District Licensing Committee to consider.
If your application is granted, we will issue the licence. There are no refunds for declined applications.
Alcohol licence applications and hearings
A new licence is issued for one year. You will be required to pay an annual fee when your new licence is granted (if you have not done so already), in order to receive your licence.
It is your responsibility to make sure you renew your licence before it expires and to pay the annual fee. If unopposed, a renewed licence is issued for three years.