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Dunedin City Council – Kaunihera-a-rohe o Otepoti

Dunedin has a wide range of entertainment venues, from cocktail bars to movie theatres, from clubrooms to private parties. Many of these venues supply alcohol to their patrons.

If you are planning a party, opening a bar or anything in between, find out first if you need a licence. You can also find out how to object to a new or renewed alcohol licence.

Alcohol licence

There are four types of alcohol licence. Each has different application criteria. Find out which applies to you and how to apply.

On-licence

On-licences all for the sale, supply and consumption of alcohol on the premises. This includes hotels, taverns, bars, cafes, restaurants and other entertainment venues.

Off-licence

Off-licences allow for the sale and supply of alcohol for consumption off the premises. This includes bottle stores and supermarkets.

Club licence

Club licences allow for the sale and supply of alcohol for consumption on the club premises to members of the club, their guests and other ‘authorised visitors’.

Special licence

On-site special licences allow for the sale and supply of alcohol to anyone attending an event. This can include a private function, street party or sporting event. A special licence can also be issued to an on or club licensee for an event not covered by their premises licence.

Off-site special licences allow for the sale and supply of alcohol for consumption away from the event at which it was bought.

When a premises changes ownership the new owner can apply for a temporary authority. These allow a new owner/operator of a premises which already holds a current alcohol licence to continue trading as a licensed premises while they apply for their own. The temporary authority will be subject to existing conditions and is only valid for 3 months.

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