Alcohol Licensing fees & charges

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What's changed and why?

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act replaced the Sale of Liquor Act. It took effect in stages, coming into full force in December 2013. The legislative reforms passed by Parliament aim to improve New Zealand's drinking culture and reduce the harm caused by excessive drinking.

The Act has changed the way local authorities, such as the Gore District Council, have to deal with licence applications and the licensing fees.

It has seen

  • The establishment of District Licensing Committees to consider licence applications
  • More detailed licence processing requirements for councils
  • Consultation extended to the NZ Fire Service, as well as the Police and the Medical Officer of Health for all licence applications

The Government carried out public consultation on the new regulations and fee system in July 2013 so the hospitality industry and public could have their say. This is only the second time fees have changed in 23 years

Fee structure aims to

  • Ensure licensing costs are met by the alcohol industry
  • Help councils carry out new functions under the Act, such as a more thorough licence application process and better monitoring of licensees for compliance

National fee structure

There are two types of fees for all licences:

  • An application fee - for all applications for new licences, renewals and variations of licences. This will range from $368 to $1207.50; plus
  • An annual fee - payable by all licensees every year on the anniversary date of the issue of the licence. This will range from $161 to $1437.50.

Fees are calculated according to a new premises cost/risk rating. This rating is determined by:

  • The type of licence (eg restaurant, tavern, winery cellar door)
  • The latest hours allowed by the licence
  • The number of enforcement actions undertaken in the last 18 months

Where does the money go?

The Council must pay the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority for each new and renewal application. The amounts cannot be altered by a bylaw.

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