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The sale and supply of alcohol to the public requires a licence under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. All alcohol licences are issued by the District Licensing Committee of Hastings District Council.

Licence requirements and the criteria the Committee considers when making decisions on them are set out in the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 and Regulations.

There are four types of licences (click the links for more information and access to the on-line application forms):

A licence is issued to a named person, company or legal entity, linked to a premises or conveyance. Conveyances are vehicles such as aircraft, vessels, trains etc.

A licence cannot be transferred from one person to another, or from one premises or conveyance to another, however a temporary authority can be issued while a new licence application is being processed (see below).

Contact us if you plan on selling or supplying alcohol to the public as you will need to consider planning and building issues and any other rules specific to the suburb in which you plan to operate. You will also need to talk to us about requirements for food business registration, and kitchen and toilet facilities.

All applications are now lodged online. If you have technical difficulties please contact Council; phone +64 871 5000.

Public notification templates for on, off and club licence renewal applications

Temporary authorities

A temporary authority allows a new owner to trade for a limited time on an existing on-licence or 0ff-licence while an application for a new licence is in progress.

The Temporary Authority is issued for three months and can only be granted where the existing licence is still current (has not expired or been surrendered).


Local Alcohol Policy (LAP)

New Zealand’s alcohol laws were reformed in 2012, The Sale of Liquor Act 1989 was repealed and replaced with The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 (SSAA 2012).

The new Act has put in place a new system of control over the sale and supply of alcohol with an emphasis on local decision making and harm minimisation. The object of the Act is that:

  1. The sale, supply and consumption of alcohol should be undertaken safely and responsibly; and
  2. The harm caused by the excessive or inappropriate consumption of alcohol should be minimise.

The SSAA 2012 enabled Councils to develop a Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) in order to control where and when alcohol can be sold. This LAP can then be utilised and considered by the District Licensing Committee when making decisions on alcohol licences.

The joint LAP in essence contains the following provisions:

  • Hours
  • Location
  • Density
  • Discretionary Conditions

In late 2012 Hastings District Council and Napier City Council resolved to develop a joint LAP. In 2014 submissions were heard on the Joint Local Alcohol Policy and in April 2016 the Joint Local Alcohol policy became provisional.

Three appeals were received in 2017, appealing the hours of off licences (Supermarket and Bottle Store hours). Additional research was completed to try to support the joint Local Alcohol Policy and a negotiated settlement was reached with the appellants.

On July 11 and 23, 2019 the Councils resolved to bring the entire LAP, with exception of elements 5.1-5.3, which relate to maximum trading hours and one way door restrictions, into force on August 21, 2019.  Elements 5.1-5.3 will come into force on the November 21, 2019.


For further information please contact the Alcohol Licensing Inspector.

Licence Fees - Environmental Health

Licence Fees - Environmental Health Fees and Charges approved for 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020.

All fees and charges are inclusive of GST (except as noted *).

Alcohol Application Fees Fee (incl GST)
Note: Fees are set by regulation under Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. Please discuss the applicable fees for On, Off and Club Licences with the Alcohol Licensing Officer.
Special Licence Applications
Note: Large Event - 400 people
Note: Medium Event - between 100-400 people
Note: Small Event - under 100 people
1 to 2 small size events$63.25 
3 to 12 small, 1 to 3 medium size events$207.00 
All other special licenses / large events$575.00 
Other Applications
Managers Certificate Applications$316.25 
Variation of Licence$368.00 
Temporary Authority$296.70 

Impartiality and avoidance of conflicts of interest

The impartiality and integrity of Council employees in all work undertaken by staff is central to the maintenance of public confidence in the Council.  Council employees are subject to the Hastings District Council conflicts of interest policy.


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