Alcohol Licensing


Under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, local government authorities have a range of powers and responsibilities including the ability to create a Local Alcohol Policy (LAP). The LAP encourages the responsible sale, supply and consumption of alcohol and focuses on reducing alcohol related harm. 

Click here to view the Kaikōura District Council Local Alcohol Policy.

Read more about Council's role in alcohol licensing here.

If you have any questions in relation to alcohol licensing please call the Kaikōura District Council Licensing Inspectors on 03 365 1667.

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Important Information


Update May 2022

The Immediate Modification Order for the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act continues to apply. It remains in force as long as the Epidemic Notice remains in force, regardless of changes to Alert Levels. 

In light of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Government has made a temporary law change to modify the requirements relating to licence applications and renewals under sections 103 and 129 of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.

There are three parts to this modification order:

  • It suspends the obligations on Police and Medical Officers of Health to inquire into any new licence or licence renewal application that they receive from DLCs, while the Epidemic Notice is in force;
  • It extends the time for Police and Medical Officers of Health to report on applications: from the date on which the Epidemic Notice is lifted, Police and Medical Officers of Health will have 30 (rather than the usual 15) working days to file a report with the DLC if they oppose an application;
  • Importantly, DLCs will be unable to make a decision on a licence application that is subject to this modification order unless they receive a report from Police and the Medical Officer of Health.

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1 June 2022