Club Licence Applications

A Club Licence allows the sale and supply of alcohol for consumption on the club premises to members of the club, their guests and members of club with reciprocal visiting rights.

How to apply for a licence

You can apply for the licence yourself, or have a consultant or lawyer make the application on your behalf. The Licensing Process Flow Chart attached outlines the steps your application will go through. 

Your new licence will be issued for only one year but can then be renewed at three yearly intervals. 

Under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 there are criteria that your business must meet to be issued a new or renewed licence. Additional information and documents are required to be provided as part of the application.

Application for New Club-licence or Renewal of Club-Licence

You will be contacted by the Licensing Inspector, the Police or Public Health to discuss your application.  If these agencies have concerns about your application they may oppose it. 

Hours of Trade and Alcohol Licensing Fees

The hours of trade for licensed premises have been set nationally and are limited by the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act and Local Alcohol Policy (LAP).   The District Plan or a Resource Consent may also dictate the hours you may operate.

For licensed club premises the trading hours sought also determine the licence fees payable.  There are two types of fees; application fee and annual fee.

Schedule of Licence fees

How long will it take to process the application?

The time it takes to process alcohol licence applications is heavily dependent upon the quality of the information supplied in the application, the advertising of the application and on the receipt of external reports from the Police or Medical Officer of Health.  It will take approximately 5 weeks or more to process the application.  If an application receives an objection or is opposed then the process will take longer for a hearing to be held. 

There are also special rules about accepting and processing applications between 20 December and 15 January. 

Public Notification

You will be sent a copy of the public notice which must be displayed (within 10 working days) in a place where it can be easily seen by a person outside the premises and it should be displayed for at least 10 days. 

Your application will also be publically notified for 15 working days on the Hurunui District Council’s website.  This public notification alerts people to your application in the event they seek to object to the application. You will be advised if objections or opposition has been received and given advanced notice of the date of the District Licensing Committee hearing.

Related links 

Guidance on Alcohol Promotions by the Health Promotion Agency (On Licences)