The sale of alcohol to the public by any individual or group requires the seller to have a licence, as required under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. Application for a liquor license in NZ undergoes a process and falls under several categories.
Types of liquor licence
On licence - issued or renewed to licensees for the sale of liquor for consumption by customers ON the premises. Establishments that require this type of liquor licence include bars, cafés, restaurants and hotels.
Off licence - issued or renewed to licensees for the sale or supply of liquor for consumption OFF the premises. Establishments that require this type of licence include supermarkets, grocery stores, bottle shops, liquor stores, wine warehouses, and, in some cases, online remote sales distributors.
Temporary Authority - issued when a licensed business is sold or changes hands. This type of liquor licence in NZ is issued for a period of 3 months to cover the transition of ownership.
Special Licence - issued for events taking place in or on premises not normally licensed to sell or serve alcohol. This can cover events on both small and large scale.
Club Licence - issued for premises with a membership where members, guests of members, and members of clubs with reciprocal visiting rights can be served alcohol.
LCQ - Licensed controller course - the prerequisite course required to obtain 2 NZQA recognised unit standards. This course and assessment must be passed before applying for your General Managers Certificate or Duty Managers Certificate
- 4646 – issued for people who can "Demonstrate knowledge of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 and its implications for licensed premises."
- 16705 – issued for people who can "Demonstrate knowledge of host responsibility requirements as a duty manager of licensed premises."
Things to know - A TEMPORARY MANAGER can be appointed when a duty manager is ill, absent for any reason, is dismissed, or resigns. The licensee may appoint a person who is not the holder of a Manager's Certificate as a Temporary Manager. That appointed person, however, must apply for their Manager's Certificate within 2 days of being appointed. They may then continue to act as a Temporary Manager until their application is determined by the DLC.
In certain circumstances, a person who is not the holder of a Manager's Certificate can be appointed by the licensee as an ACTING MANAGER for any period not exceeding three weeks at any one time. The total period a licensee can appoint a person as an Acting Manager cannot exceed a total of six weeks in any 12 month period.
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