Alcohol licensing forms

There are different forms for different types of licence, as well as additional forms required when making an application.

On Licence

An On Licence allows for the sale and supply of liquor to persons for consumption on the premises. Examples of premises that require an On Licence include hotels, taverns, licensed restaurants/cafes, night-clubs and function centres.

An On Licence may be endorsed (BYO endorsement) to allow diners and their guests to be able to bring their own alcohol into the premises and consume it.

The licence is issued for one year and if all conditions are being met during this time, then the licence can be renewed on a three yearly basis.

Off Licence

An Off Licence allows for the sale and supply of liquor to persons for consumption off the premises. Examples of a premises that require an off licence include bottlestores and supermarkets.

The Off Licence licence is issued for one year and if all conditions are being met during this time, then the licence can be renewed on a three yearly basis.

Supermarkets and grocery stores can sell only wine and beer.

Club Licence

A Club Licence allows for the sale and supply of liquor for consumption on the club premises to members of the club, their guests and members of clubs with reciprocal visiting rights.

The Club Licence is issued for one year and if all conditions are being meet during this time, then the licence can be renewed on a three yearly basis.

Special Licence

A Special Licence allows for the sale and supply of liquor at an event such as a sporting event, street party or function.

It can also be issued to a licensee for an extension of hours. It is issued for the occasion only, and it can not be renewed.

A special licence can apply for more than one date covering the same type of event.

Renewal of On, Off and Club licences

On, Off and Club licences expire after one year and need to be renewed every three years with the District Licensing Committee (DLC). The important thing to remember is that the application for renewal must be filed with the DLC before the licence expires. If the licence expires before it is renewed, you must apply for a new licence. 

Temporary Authority

A Temporary Authority allows a new owner to trade for a limited time on the existing On or Off licence while an application for a new licence is in progress. The Temporary Authority is issued for three months and can only be granted where the existing licence is still current (has not been expired or been surrendered).

Manager's Certificate

A manager with a current Manager's Certificate must be on duty at all times on the premises while liquor is being sold and consumed. The manager's name must be clearly visible inside the premises. 

Temporary and Acting Managers

Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, sections 229 and 230 set out the provisions for a licensee to appoint a temporary or acting manager in cases where a manager is absent or ill. If the appointment is more than 48 hours, notice of that appointment must be given to Police and Hastings District Licensing Committee.