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Permits, Food & Licensing
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On Licence

This licence authorises the holder to sell or supply liquor on premises or conveyances. Liquor cannot be removed from these premises or conveyances. There must be a person with a current Managers certificate on duty at all times when liquor is being sold or supplied to the public.

Apply for an On Licence for a premises

General guidelines:

  • there is a fee for an on licence.
  • there is a fee for a BYO on licence. (No manager's certificate required)
  • fees must be paid at the time of application and are not refundable
  • the processing timeframe is 30 working days provided that all the relevant information is included in the application
  • before you apply for your on licence you will need to obtain building and planning certificates
  • once your application has been accepted for lodgement, two public notices must be placed in the newspaper within 20 working days
  • this licence is initially renewable after one year then every three years after that.

 Step One:

Download and complete the On licence application form at bottom of this page.

Step Two:

  • Include three copies of ALL the following documents:
    • application form, signed and dated
    • copies of building and planning certificates once they have been issued by Napier City Council
    • a scale plan drawn to draughtsman standards with dimensions and total area showing:
      • the part of the premises to be used for the sale of liquor
      • the main entrance
      • any part to be designated 'supervised' or 'restricted' as defined in the Sale of Liquor Act
    • owner's consent if you do not own the premises
    • a map showing the location of the premises (eg a photocopy of a street map with your site marked)
    • exterior photograph or artist's impression showing the main entrance
    • a sample of your menu
    • in the case of a company, provide the certificate of incorporation and brief details of directors and shareholders (names, addresses and dates of birth)
    • a brief written submission describing the way your business will operate, eg promoting mainly food or bar facilities, who the certified manager will be and a description of the business background of those persons involved
    • host responsibility policy
    • legal description or certificate of title of the premises. You can find these details in the Planning department of the Napier City Council building.

 Step Three:

  • Send your application, including the fee, District Licensing Agency, Napier City Council, Private Bag 6010, Napier. Please make cheques payable to Napier City Council.

Once your application has been accepted for lodgement, you must place 2 public notices within 20 working days (1 week apart). When the notices have been published, you need to send a copy of each notice from the newspaper (preferably the full page) showing the date and name of the paper to the; District Licensing Agency, Napier City Council, Private Bag 6010, Napier.

During the 30 days it take to process your application, we will:

  • request a police report
  • a liquor licensing inspector will contact you for an interview before completing their report. The inspector will probably want to visit your premises
  • your application must be held in the agency office for a minimum of 10 working days after the publication of the first public notice to allow for objections from interested parties
  • if objections are received copies will be sent to you by this office

 A copy of the inspectors and police report will be posted to you.

Apply for an on licence for a conveyance

This licence is required if you plan on selling or supplying liquor in a conveyance, for example limousine, party bus, ferry, cruise vessel, etc.

General guidelines:

  • there is a fee for an on licence for a conveyance. This must be paid at the time of application and is not refundable
  • the processing timeframe is 30 working days
  • you will need to supply with your application (as relevant) a current
    • Safe Ship Management Certificate (sea vessels)
    • Airworthiness Certificate (aeroplanes)
    • Warrant of Fitness (vehicles)
  • if you do not own the conveyance, the owner's consent must be included with the application
  • a layout plan of the conveyance must be included with the application
  • once your application has been accepted for lodgement, two public notices must be placed in the newspaper within 20 working days
  • this licence is initially renewable after one year then every three years after that

 Contact us for information and for an application pack for an on licence for a conveyance. The application pack contains:

  • the licence application form
  • an application form for manager's certificate

Building and planning certificates (for premises only)

Note: The planning and building certificates must be granted before you apply for you liquor licence.

Planning Certificate under the Resource Management Act 1991

The planning certificate, when granted, confirms that the proposed use of the premises meets requirements of the Resource Management Act 1991.

  • there is a fee
  • takes approximately 5-10 working days to process
  • Applications should include all supporting information and documentation, particularly planned usage of floor areas for ALL buildings on site, proposed or existing opening hours and parking requirements for each activity on site. Details of what's required are included on the application form.

Building Code Certificate

This certificate, when granted, confirms that the proposed use of the premises meets requirements of the Building Code.

  • there is a fee
  • takes approximately 5-10 working days to process

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