Alcohol Licensing

Wairarapa Local Alcohol Policy (LAP)

The Wairarapa Local Alcohol Policy can be downloaded from our website here

Hardcopies are available from the Council office in Martinborough, or the Featherston, Greytown or Martinborough library.

Apply for a Licence
The sale of alcohol requires a licence under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. A licence is issued to a person, company or other legal entity in relation to a premise.  Liquor licences cannot be transferred from one person to another; or from one premise to another.  You may need to include a copy of your duty manager register.
On-Licence - Selling or supplying alcohol to be consumed on a premises (hotel, bar, café, restaurant or function venue).
Off-Licence - Selling or supplying alcohol to be consumed off the premises from which it is bought (e.g. supermarket, bottle store or vineyard/winery).
Club Licence - Selling or supplying alcohol to be consumed on club premises by members of the club and their guests, or by members of other clubs with reciprocal visiting rights (e.g. sports clubs, recognised social clubs).
Special Licence - Events like weddings, concerts, festivals, fairs or wine tastings where you plan to sell or supply alcohol only for a short time.
Temporary Authority - If you have purchased a licensed business you will need a temporary authority to operate until your own licence is approved.
Applications for on, off and club licenced premises require planning and building certificates as per Section 100(f) of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act.  The application form for these is saved here:

Apply for a Manager's Certificate
A certified manager must be on duty any time alcohol is being sold or supplied to the public at a licenced premise. The manager is responsible for complying with the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 and any conditions of the licence.  Managers need to be at least 20 years old, have appropriate qualifications, have at least six months experience and be currently working in the industry.
Note: If your Licence Controller Qualification (LCQ) was issued prior to 18 December 2013, you will need to complete an online bridging test ( before your manager’s certificate can be renewed.

There is a fee for processing licence and certificate applications, and an annual monitoring fee for each licence and certificate.  Both fees are calculated using a risk-based assessment table.
Application Fees are based on the following risk factors:
  • Type of premises
  • Opening hours
  • Number of enforcements you have had in the past 18 months
Annual Fees must be paid before a licence or certificate can be issued, and must be paid each year on the anniversary of the licence date.
The Alcohol Licence Risk and Fee Tables can help you estimate your application and annual fee amounts.  Contact us for advice at 06 306 9611 or email
Risk Category Application Fee (incl. GST) Annual Fee (incl. GST)
Very Low $368.00 $161.00
Low $609.50 $391.00
Medium $816.50 $632.50
High $1023.50 $1035.00
Very High $1207.50 $1437.50






District Licensing Committee (DLC)
Decisions on the licences and certificates are made to the District Licensing Committee (DLC), but the process is administered by Council officers. If an application is opposed or generates public objections, the DLC will hold a hearing. All DLC decisions will be published and made available to the public.
Wairarapa DLC Chairs
Carterton Chair: Elaine Brazendale 
Masterton Commissioner: Jane Terpstra
South Wairarapa Chair: Julie Riddell
Wairarapa DLC Members
Don Adams: Judicial JP, Farmer, Conservation Board
Greg Ariell: ALAC locally, regionally & nationally
Andrew Beck: Barrister specialising in civil litigation
Bruce Farley: NZ Police, former community constable and sergeant
Jessie Hunt: Barrister working in family law and mediation, acting for families
Damien Pivac: Lecturer, Bachelor of youth development at WELTEC
Catherine Rossiter-Stead: Former College Dean and trustee of Wellington Free Ambulance

Licensing Decisions

District Licensing Committee meeting agendas and individual decisions are available on our meetings page:

DLC agendas and decisions


Useful links




South Wairarapa District Council