Objections to Licence Applications

How to object to an alcohol licence application

Objections to an alcohol licence application must be lodged within 15 working days of the public notice announcing the application. See the current alcohol licence applications

They can be posted or emailed to:

District Licensing Committee
Private Bag 2025
New Plymouth 4342
Email: dlc@npdc.govt.nz

Your letter of objection must include:

  • The name and location of the premises.
  • Why you have 'greater interest' than the general public.*
  • Your reasons for objecting.
  • Your name, address and contact details.

* You have 'greater interest' if you are likely to be more directly affected by the licence than most other people. For example, a nearby resident or adjacent business.

Section 105 specifies matters objections can be made in relation to. You must make specific reference to at least one of these in your letter:

  1. the object of this Act (s.4 of the Act):
  2. the suitability of the applicant:
  3. any relevant local alcohol policy:
  4. the days on which and the hours during which the applicant proposes to sell alcohol:
  5. the design and layout of any proposed premises:
  6. whether the applicant is engaged in, or proposes on the premises to engage in, the sale of goods other than alcohol, low-alcohol refreshments, non-alcoholic refreshments, and food, and if so, which goods:
  7. whether the applicant is engaged in, or proposes on the premises to engage in, the provision of services other than those directly related to the sale of alcohol, low-alcohol refreshments, non-alcoholic refreshments, and food, and if so, which services:
  8. whether (in its opinion) the amenity and good order of the locality would be likely to be reduced, to more than a minor extent, by the effects of the issue of the licence:
  9. whether (in its opinion) the amenity and good order of the locality are already so badly affected by the effects of the issue of existing licences that —
       (i) they would be unlikely to be reduced further (or would be likely to be reduced further to only a minor extent) by the effects of the issue of the licence; but
       (ii) it is nevertheless desirable not to issue any further licences:
  10. whether the applicant has appropriate systems, staff, and training to comply with the law.

The Act defines good order and amenity as 'pleasant and agreeable'. Section 106 can help explain what good order and amenity covers.