Alcohol Licensing

Around 140 Licences of various types are issued per year. Inspections of premises will be carried out by Council Licensing Inspectors on an annual basis to ensure that they comply with their licence conditions.

If you are a bar owner or operator, a club manager, a restaurateur or the manager of a venue where alcohol will be sold or supplied, you need to be familiar with the laws and regulations that apply to alcohol.

Under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, anyone who wants to sell or supply alcohol must ensure that:

  • You have the correct licences.
  • Your duty managers have current certificates.
  • You have a host responsibility policy in place to care for your patrons and staff.
  • Alcohol Control Areas

    Council’s Public Places Bylaw identifies four areas as 'alcohol free' areas within our district
  • District Licensing Committee

    Manawatu District Council have established one District Licensing Committee.
  • Gambling Venues

    The Manawatu District Council has a current Gambling Venue Policy adopted by Council on 18 September 2014.
  • Licences

    Information about the various alcohol premise licences, fees and application forms, along with how to object to an alcohol licence.
  • Manager's Certificates

    When alcohol is being sold or supplied to the public on licensed premises, there must be a manager who holds a Manager’s Certificate on duty at all times.
  • Recent Licensing Decisions

    Decisions of the Manawatu District Licensing Committee (DLC) applications for the last three months are detailed here.