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Alcohol licensing and clubs registered as friendly societies

13 September 2017

Under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, to hold a club licence organisations must be either a body corporate or hold a permanent club charter.

The Ministry of Justice have recently identified that there are a small number of club licence holders which are currently registered as friendly societies, which are not considered a corporate body for the purpose of having a club licence. To be eligible to renew their club licence, these affected clubs will need to become a corporate body, which can be achieved by becoming an incorporated society. The Ministry has starting contacting the affected clubs and established a working group to help them with this process.

Council is moving to electronic notification of public notices for alcohol licensing

15 October 2016

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 and its new regulations came into force at the end of December 2013. Currently businesses applying for a new or renewal alcohol license advertise in the local newspaper. Since the introduction of the new Act, many New Zealand Councils have changed to electronic notices via the internet and dispensed with the need for newspaper advertising.

Grey District Council, in conjunction with Buller District Council and the Westland District Council, have also chosen to adopt the electronic notice practice. This means that from 1 November 2016, public notices will no longer be required to be advertised in the local newspapers but instead they will be published on the relevant Council’s website for 15 working days.

When applicants submit their completed new or renewal licence application to Council, the public notice will automatically be uploaded to the Council website. The cost of this will be included in the licence fee – there is no extra charge.

Note: Applicants must continue to publish notices in local newspapers until 1 November 2016.

If anyone would like to be notified when new or renewal applications are made, they just need to provide their email address to Council, email

News article - Alcohol trading rules during the 2015 Rugby World Cup

31 August 2015

Parliament recently passed the Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Rugby World Cup 2015 Extended Trading Hours) Amendment Act 2015. This allows eligible licensed premises with ON and CLUB licences to open during the 2015 Rugby World Cup for the purpose of televising live games that fall outside of their usual trading hours.

There are two key things businesses and organisations need to know about the new law:

  1. The Amendment Act doesn't allow all licensed premises to open for games. Off-licences cannot extend their opening hours, and neither can any on- or club licences that have had their licence suspended or the conditions of their licence changed in the past 12 months as a result of enforcement action under section 280 of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.
  2. Licensees who can open for games outside their normal operating hours must take certain steps and meet certain conditions. For example, they must:
  • Give local Police and their district licensing committee written notice at least 7 days in advance of each game they wish to televise
  • In that notice, provide details about how they'll keep down noise levels
  • When screening games, follow the rules about when they can open, when they must close and when they can sell alcohol, as well as other provisions in the Amendment Act.

The Ministry of Justice is currently developing material to help licensees understand the Amendment Act. This will include resources such as sample forms for giving written notice and a flowchart explaining the extended hours rules - please watch their website,

New Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 came into force on 18 December 2013. Read below for information on the major changes.

 Fact sheet - Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act (PDF, 38KB)

Newsletter - December 2013

 Newsletter - December 2013 (PDF, 577KB)

Newsletter- December 2012

 Newsletter - December 2012 (PDF, 535KB)​

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