Before you sell or supply alcoholic drinks in Porirua, you need to make sure you have the correct alcohol licence.
If you wish to make a booking to see the licensing inspector, phone us on (04) 237 5089.
Appointments are generally available daily.
Licence fees are noted on the licence application forms.
Licensees and hosts have responsibilities under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 to make sure their patrons and guests are kept safe at all times.
Porirua also has a Local Alcohol Policy which describes the licensing of premises for the sale and supply of alcohol.
Please ensure your handwriting is clear and legible, especially your email address.
Special licences are issued for events or occasions. They are of two types:
Applications must be filed at least 20 working days prior to your event(s). The Porirua District Licensing Committee may consider an application for a special licence filed less than 20 working days before the event, only if it is satisfied that the need for a special licence could not reasonably have been foreseen earlier.
For the purpose of fee calculation one event for a special licence is:
Complete the following forms:
If you want to sell or supply alcohol for consumption on your premises, you'll need an on-licence.
Examples of premises that need an on-licence to sell or supply alcohol include:
Alcohol must not be removed from the premises.
There must be a current certified Duty Manager on duty at the premises at all times the premises are open for trade.
On-licences can be issued for conveyances (buses, trains, planes and sea vessels).
An endorsed on-licence is required for a caterer supply or selling alcohol or a restaurant to be BYO only.
You’ll need to notify public of your application:
Renewals for on-licences: we advise that applications are submitted more than 20 working days (as stated in the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012) before the expiry of the licence. It is the licensee’s responsibility to ensure that the application is submitted before the licence expiry date and that the application is completed correctly, as this may cause delays in the process.
If you want to sell or supply alcohol for consumption in the following places, you'll need an off-licence.
Please note, under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, dairies, petrol stations and convenience stores may not sell alcohol.
Alcohol must be consumed off the premises.
There must be a current certified duty manager available at all times when alcohol is being sold or supplied to the public.
Supermarkets and grocery stores are only able to sell beer and wine to the public.
Auctioneers and remote sellers of alcohol need to have an endorsed licence under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.
You’ll need to notify public of your application
Renewals for off-licences: we advise that the applications are submitted no later than 20 working days (as stated in the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012) before the expiry of the licence. It is the licensee’s responsibility to ensure that the application is submitted in time and that the application is completed correctly, as this may cause delays in the process.
Club Licences authorises a club to sell or supply alcohol for consumption on the premises to any:
Clubs must have an appointed duty manager that will be responsible for the conduct of the sale of alcohol under the licence.
The holder of a club licence must take all practicable steps to ensure at all times there is an appointed secretary of the club. Any changes of the secretary must be notified to our licensing inspectors within 10 days of appointment.
Any profit from the sale of alcohol must belong to the club.
Holders of a club licence must ensure whilst the premises are open for the sale and supply of alcohol, that any alcohol not sold or supplied by the club is not consumed.
It is a requirement under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 that at all times when alcohol is being sold or supplied to the public a duty manager is responsible for compliance. A duty manager’s certificate authorises the holder to manage any licensed premises.
The first certificate is issued for 12 months; a renewed certificate is issued for a three-year period.
1. Failure to provide evidence of working at licensed premises may draw opposition from the Licensing Inspector and the Police. You may be required to attend a public hearing to determine if your renewal should be granted.
2. If your manager’s certificate has expired you will need to apply for a new manager’s certificate.
A licensee must give notification to the Licensing Inspectors of appointment, cancellation or termination of any manager, temporary or acting manager ( see section 231 of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012).
A member of staff can be appointed a temporary manager. This will cease if an application for a manager’s certificate is not submitted within 48 hours.
An acting manager can be appointed by a licensee for a total of six (6) weeks in a calendar year if a manager is ill, absent or on annual leave.
This maximum block is three (3) weeks (21 calendar days) and a current certificate or an application for a manager’s certificate is not required.
Record keeping by licensed premises
All premises under sections 24-26 of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 must keep records of all managers for a 2 year period.
Here is a list of local industry training providers who can help your staff obtain their manager's certificates.
Amenity and good order of the locality, means the extent to which, and ways in which, the locality in which the premises concerned are situated is pleasant and agreeable.
Display of licence: this must be displayed at all times together with the statement of all conditions subject to which it is issued. This must be attached to the inside of the premises and be easily read by people entering each principal entrance.
Renewals: That these are submitted 20 working days before the expiry of the licence. That notices to the public of the application are done correctly after it is submitted.
Promoting alcohol: It is important that excessive or fast consumption is not encouraged.
Regular and on-going training to staff.
Non-alcoholic drinks: must be available at all times the premises are open to sell and supply alcohol, there must be a reasonable range and reasonably priced.
Low alcoholic drinks: must be available at all times premises are open.
Food to be available: must be available at all times premises are open for sale and supply of alcohol.
Help with and information about transport to be available: staff to provide assistance and information is readily available.
If any changes in your managers at your licensed premises occur, you must notify us.
A good host responsibility policy ensures:
Alcohol management plans are required for large events.
Below are licence applications that have been publicly notified in the Kapi-Mana newspaper:
|Reference||Applicant Details||Licence type||Objections close|
|ALC19/0165||Big Barrel Enterprises Limited (T/A Big Barrel Waitangirua)||Off Licence (New)||6 August 2019|
Any person who is entitled to object and who wishes to object may file a notice in writing with the Secretary of the District Licencing Committee at PO BOX 50218, Porirua 5240 before the objections close date.
The Porirua District Licensing Committee (DLC) is a committee of Porirua City Council appointed to receive and determine applications in accordance with the licensing committee functions, powers and duties under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.
Chair and Deputy Chair
Elected District Licensing Committee Chair and Deputy Chair:
Appointed list members:
In addition to the chairperson, two listed members form a quorum for a District Licensing Committee meeting. The deputy chairperson will act as the chairperson if the chairperson is unavailable.