Apply to renew an alcohol licence

If you have an On, Off or Club Licence that is nearing its expiry date, you will need to renew it before it expires, if you wish to continue selling alcohol.

Apply to renew

Step 2.Submit your application

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

Step 3.Notify the public

Once you have submitted your On, Off or Club licence renewal 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 10 working days of receiving a complete application.

Step 4.Processing your 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

Step 5.Your licence is issued

If unopposed, a renewed licence is issued for three years. It is your responsibility to make sure you renew your licence before it expires and to pay the annual fee.

By email

Email the completed application form to:

Email: mailroom@wdc.govt.nz

An invoice will be emailed to you.  You can either pay online, in person or call us with your details.  We accept Visa and Mastercard payments via our Contact Centre.

Online: Pay an application fee or invoice

Phone: 09 430 4200

By post

Post your application to: 

Whangarei District Council 
Private Bag 9023
Whangārei 0148

An invoice will be emailed to you. You can either pay online, in person or call us with your details. We accept Visa and Mastercard payments via our Contact Centre.

Online: Pay an application fee or invoice

Phone: 09 430 4200

In person

You can bring your application into one of our customer services centres where you can pay by cash, eftpos or credit card.

Forum North customer service centre
7 Rust Avenue, Whangārei
Monday to Friday - 8:00am to 4:30pm
Closed public holidays

Ruakākā service centre 
9 Takutai Place, Ruakākā
Monday to Friday - 8:30am to 4:00pm
Closed public holidays