COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL UPDATES - Updated 15 February 2021

Parties are encouraged to send documents via email in the first instance, followed by hard copies as necessary, sent by courier or post. Please see COVID-19 Alert Level protocols below:

COVID-19 Alert Levels protocol for Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority [PDF, 40 KB]

Information about alcohol licensing during COVID-19

Alcohol Regulatory & Licensing Authority (ARLA), Te Mana Waeture Take Waipiro  

The Alcohol and Regulatory Licensing Authority, also known as ARLA, is an independent Tribunal established by the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.

The Authority considers and determines applications made by Licensing Inspectors and the Police for the variation, suspension, or cancellation of liquor licences and manager’s certificates.

The Authority considers and determines:

  • appeals against decisions made by district licensing committees; and
  • appeals against elements of provisional local alcohol polices developed by local councils.

Notice of appeal against a decision of a district licensing committee [PDF, 291 KB]

Notice of appeal against a decision of a provisional local alcohol policy [PDF, 261 KB]

If ARLA agrees, District Licensing Committees may also refer to ARLA applications for licences and manager’s certificates (or their renewal) for consideration and determination.

For more information, see:

Sale and supply of alcohol

Register of licences & certificates


Please note that If you are wishing to apply for a licence to sell or supply alcohol, or for a manager’s certificate, you will need to apply to your territorial authority [local council] first.

List of local councils(external link)

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