Liquor Licensing

Liquor licensing law in New Zealand is set by the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.The object of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act is that the sale, supply and consumption of alcohol should be undertaken safely and responsibly and the harm caused by the excessive or inappropriate consumption of alcohol should be minimised.


Liquor licences

Before you sell or supply alcohol to the public, you must have a licence. There are four types of licence:

  • On licence
  • Off licence
  • Club licence
  • Special licence

The Hamilton District Licensing Committee also issues:

  • Manager's certificate
  • Temporary authority

You can read more about the different types of licence and find out which licence is appropriate for you here.

A separate application must be submitted for each type of licence, along with a non-refundable fee and requirements for specific additional documentation. Application forms are available to download on the Liquor Licence Forms page.


Changes to liquor licensing law

The new Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 was passed by Parliament in December 2012 and came into force 18 December 2013, replacing the Sale of Liquor Act 1989. For more information in relation to the Act, and planned Council work, please see Changes to Liquor Licensing Law.

Page reviewed: 10 Apr 2014 9:16am