The sale of alcohol to any member of the public requires a Licence under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. The object of this Act is to ensure that the sale, supply and consumption of alcohol is undertaken safely and responsibly, and the harm caused by the excessive or inappropriate consumption of alcohol is minimised.
All alcohol licence applications and renewals should be lodged at the Buller District Council for processing.
Applications will be decided by the Buller District Licensing Committee. These include:
Manager’s certificate: authorises the holder to manage any licensed premises including club licensed premises.
On-Licence: authorises the holder of the licence to sell and supply liquor on the premises for consumption on the premises (or conveyance).
Off-Licence: authorises the holder of the licence to sell liquor to any person for consumption off the premise or deliver liquor off the premises.
Club- Licence: For clubs like sports clubs to allow sale and consumption of alcohol to their members and guests at their club premises.
Special Licence: A special licence allows for the sale of alcohol at special occasions or events. They are normally used to licence one-off events where no licence is currently held, such as a food and wine festival or a quiz night.
A Special Licence can also be used to extend the hours or area of a licensed premises for a special occasion or event. A special licence is valid for the particular event, or series of events, or social gathering, specified in the licence. There are two types of special licence:
- On-site special licence - allows the licensee to sell or supply alcohol for consumption on the site to people attending an event.
- Off-site special licence - allows the licensee to sell the licensee's alcohol for consumption somewhere else and supply free samples.
Temporary Authority: a District Licensing Agency may temporarily authorise someone to sell and supply liquor for up to 3 months. Situations where this may happen include a quick sale, illness, death, bankruptcy, liquidation, receivership, mortgagee in possession, landlord in possession, abandonment, etc. A temporary authority holder has the responsibilities of the licensee to which the authority relates.