Make an objection - alcohol licensing

​​​​​​​​​​To make an objection to an application for an alcohol licence, you must be a person of 'greater interest'. This means you are more likely to be affected by the licence than most other members of the general public.

An example of a person with a greater interest is a resident living in the same street as the proposed licensed premises. A member of the public residing 10 kilometres away who is concerned about the effects of alcohol on the community may be considered as not having a greater interest in the application. 

However, the Hamilton District Licensing Committee (DLC) may give weight to objections from persons who will not be directly affected by the proposed licensed premises.

The information below outlines the objection process. If you still need more information, please contact us​ (ask for alcohol licensing) or email us​​.​​​​  

You can also check out the links below​ for more information on public hearings, Hamilton DLC decisions and recent Hamilton city alcohol licence applications.

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How to make an objection

Your objection must be in writing and you must address the grounds for your objection. The objection must be filed with the Hamilton DLC within 15 working days of the first public notice appearing in the Hamilton City Council website.

Post your objection to:

The Secretary
Hamilton District Licensing Committee
Hamilton City Council
Private Bag 3010
Hamilton 3240
 
or email to: licensing@hcc.govt.nz.

Upon receipt of an objection, the DLC will send an acknowledgment letter. The licensee will also receive notice of the objection. The DLC will then check the validity of the objection. A time will be set for a hearing and objectors will be asked whether they wish to speak at the hearing. 

Objection formats

Instead of submitting an individual objection (as noted above), some residents circulate petitions to inform other neighbours of an application and to gain support opposing a new licensed premises. These petitions are then filed with the DLC.

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​How to view an application

An application may be inspected by any member of the public during ordinary office hours at the Customer Service Centre at Hamilton City Council in Garden Place (see map on our contact us page). You can either phone us on (07) 838 6633 or email us at licensing@hcc.govt.nz, to arrange a time to view the file. 

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Public notices

Public notices for licence applications in Hamilton are advertised on the Council's website – hamilton.govt.nz/publicnotices. More information can be found here.

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​​Grounds for objection

No objection may be made in relation to a matter other than the criteria specified in section 105 (new licence applications) or section 131 (renewal applications) of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012: 

For a new on-/off-/club licence:

  • "the object of the Act
  • the suitability of the applicant
  • any relevant local alcohol policy
  • the days on which and the hours during which the applicant proposes to sell alcohol
  • the design and layout of any proposed premises
  • whether the applicant is engaged in, or proposes on the premises to engage in, the sale of goods other than alcohol, low-alcohol refreshments, non-alcoholic refreshments, and food, and if so, which goods
  • whether the applicant is engaged in, or proposes on the premises to engage in, the provision of services other than those directly related to the sale of alcohol, low-alcohol refreshments, non-alcoholic refreshments, and food, and if so, which services
  • whether the amenity and good order of the locality would be likely to be reduced, to more than a minor extent, by the effects of the issue of the licence
  • whether (in its opinion) the amenity and good order of the locality are already so badly affected by the effects of the issue of existing licences that
    • (i) they would be unlikely to be reduced further (or would be likely to be reduced further to only a minor extent) by the effects of the issue of the licence; but
    • (ii) it is nevertheless desirable not to issue any further licences
  • whether the applicant has appropriate systems, staff, and training to comply with the law"

For a renewal of on-/off-/club licence:

  • "the object of the Act
  • the suitability of the applicant
  • any relevant local alcohol policy
  • the days on which and the hours during which the applicant proposes to sell alcohol
  • the design and layout of any proposed premises
  • whether the applicant is engaged in, or proposes on the premises to engage in, the sale of goods other than alcohol, low-alcohol refreshments, non-alcoholic refreshments, and food, and if so, which goods
  • whether the applicant is engaged in, or proposes on the premises to engage in, the provision of services other than those directly related to the sale of alcohol, low-alcohol refreshments, non-alcoholic refreshments, and food, and if so, which services
  • whether the applicant has appropriate systems, staff, and training to comply with the law
  • whether the amenity and good order of the locality would be likely to be increased, by more than a minor extent, by the effects of a refusal to renew the licence
  • the manner in which the applicant has sold (or, as the case may be, sold and supplied), displayed, advertised, or promoted alcohol"

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