District Licensing Committee
What is a district licensing committee?
A District Licensing Committee (DLC) considers and grants or renews applications for licences and managers' certificates, including those that attract public objections.
Our committee members are:
- Cr Richard McPhail (Chairman)
- Cr Keith Hovell
- Cr Joe Stringer
Other members are:
- Southland District Council: Crs Paul Duffey, George Harpur and John Douglas.
- Invercargill City Council: Crs Rebecca Amundsen, Darren Ludlow, Toni Biddle and Lindsay Abbott.
When do the DLC meet?
For most licence applications, if there are no objections from the public or opposition from the reporting authorities (Public, Medical Officer of Health, and Councils Licensing Inspectors) applications can be granted by the chairperson or commissioner without the need for the DLC to hold a public hearing.
When temporary authorities or other applications are subject to objections or opposition, the DLC must sit with a quorum of three. These will generally be public hearings of which the applicant and objectors will be notified.
Committee decisions are available on request, phone 209-0330.
What is the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority (ARLA)?
The Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority (ARLA) is the body for reviewing licence appeals against DLC decisions and applications to suspend or cancel a licence or manager's certificate. The DLC can also refer a licence application decision to the ARLA if it decides to.