The Council is the District Licensing Agency for the purposes of enforcing the Sale of Liquor Act.
Its role includes processing new and renewal applications for on/off licences, club licences, managers certificates, special licences, temporary authority, variation and redefinition. The Council also monitors licensees, inspects premises, provides advice to applicants and licensees, and works with community and industry groups.
New alcohol licensing rules
Central government is phasing in new alcohol licensing rules throughout New Zealand, leading to changes in the way alcohol licensing is conducted in Invercargill.
Environmental Health Manager John Youngson said that the provisions of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 would gradually come into effect between now and December.
The Act allows each territorial authority in New Zealand to write its own Local Alcohol Policy, customised to the needs of the local community.
"The emphasis is now on minimising harm and looking at what is going on in the community, so alcohol licensing will be much more evidence based," Mr Youngson said. "It will be much more collaborative between the Ministry of Health, the Police, the Licensing Inspector and the community."
In future, the District Licensing Committee will make the decision about granting licences to sell alcohol, not a Council officer.
Mr Youngson said that Southland councils were looking at working together so that the same systems were introduced right across Southland to make it easier for applicants.
The first liquor licensing change for Southlanders came into effect on June 18, 2013. From that date, anyone applying for a special licence to sell alcohol has to lodge their application at least 20 working days before the start of the special event.
"Council has to send all applications to the Police and the Medical Officer of Health giving them 15 days to respond. That leaves just five days for Council staff to omplete the application process," Mr Youngson said.
In the past, he said, Council staff were able to fit in last-minute applications but with the new changes that would no longer be possible.
New applications and renewals
From June 18, 2013 new applications and renewals with regards to On Licences, Off Licences and Club Licences will be considered under the old Act, but using the broader criteria in the new Act.
- For more information contact District Licensing Committee Administrator Lyndsay Philp on (03) 211 1777 or email her: email@example.com
Current iquor licensing fees and charges
(Set by Sale of Liquor Amendment Regulations 2000)
|On Licence application/renewal
|Variation of conditions On/Off/Club Licence
|Temporary Authority (S29(c) On/Off/Club)
|Off Licence application/renewal
|BYO Endorsed On Licence application/renewal
|Caterer’s Off Licence Extension
|Club Licence application/renewal
|Manager’s Certificate application/renewal
|Temporary Licence during repairs (S29) (1)(j)
|Local Authority Compliance Certificate applications/ variations
Under a bylaw passed in 2008 drinking liquor in the central business district is banned 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Also, possession of alcohol in the CBD is banned - with certain exemptions. Please visit the liquor ban page for details and related links.