From 18 May 2020 and at Level 2 of the COVID-19 Alert level, the office of the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority will re-open to the public by appointment only. The Authority will continue to receive and process new matters and submissions sent via email. Decisions that have been finalised will be released and all matters that can proceed on the papers will be advanced.

Hearings that have been adjourned, will be rescheduled, with consideration given on a case by case basis for those matters that require priority or urgency. Where necessary, teleconferences will be established to progress matters in the interim. Matters will be assessed to determine if this can be convened remotely, using Virtual Meeting Rooms (VMR) or teleconference hearing. Face to face hearings will require access to hearing rooms of sufficient size to enable the requisite physical distancing.

Parties are encouraged to send documents via email in the first instance, followed by hard copies as necessary, sent by courier or post.

COVID-19 Level 2 protocol for Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority [PDF, 38 KB]

Information about alcohol licensing during COVID-19

Alcohol Regulatory & Licensing Authority (ARLA)

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, 144 KB]

Notice of appeal against a decision of a provisional local alcohol policy [PDF, 129 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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