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Conditions of your alcohol licence

All licenses have conditions relating to the sale, supply and consumption of alcohol along with other matters relating to the operation of the premises. This page details what they are.

If you do not comply with any of the conditions of your licence, the regulatory agencies may take action, which could lead to your licence being suspended, fines and/or the loss of your licence.

What conditions may apply?

  • Any restrictions on when the sale of alcohol may take place
  • The days and hours during which alcohol may be sold pursuant to the licence
  • A range of snack foods such as pies, sandwiches, filled rolls, pizzas and the like should be conveniently available, and the availability of those foodstuffs advised by appropriate notices throughout the premises
  • A reasonable range of non-alcoholic, and low alcohol refreshments are to be available
  • The provision of freely available water
  • The persons or types of persons to whom alcohol may be sold
  • The steps that the licensee (exercised through the manager) is required to take to ensure that the provisions of the Act relating to the sale and supply of alcohol to prohibited persons are observed
  • Any designation that shall apply to the premises, or part(s) of the premises
  • The provision of assistance with or information about alternative forms of transport from the licensed premises
  • Other matters aimed at promoting the responsible consumption of alcohol.

Public holiday restrictions

There are restrictions that apply to alcohol sale on the Sacrosanct Days, which are:

  • Good Friday
  • Easter Sunday
  • Christmas Day
  • before 1.00pm on Anzac Day.

On-licensed premises

No alcohol is to be sold on the premises on Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day, or before 1.00 pm on Anzac Day to any person who is not:

  1. residing or lodging on the premises
  2. present on the premises to dine.

These restrictions take effect from midnight on the day before each of the Sacrosanct Days. This means that on the Thursday before Good Friday, the Saturday before Easter Sunday, Christmas Eve and the evening before Anzac Day, on-licensed premises will be required to cease their usual operation  at 12.00 midnight.

Off-licensed premises

Off-licence sales are prohibited on Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day and before 1.00pm on Anzac Day.

National default trading hours

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 has established national default trading hours. There are:

  • on-licenced premises: 8.00 am to 4.00 am the following day
  • off-licensed premises: 7.00 am to 11.00 pm.

Dunedin’s provisional Local Alcohol Policy has maximum trading hours that differ to the default hours (refer to the LAP).

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