It is a requirement of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act that when alcohol is being sold or supplied to the public a duty manager is responsible for compliance with the Act.
This includes enforcing the conditions of the premise's alcohol licence, monitoring the conduct of patrons, promoting responsible drinking and reducing alcohol abuse.
If a certified manager is ill, absent, dismissed or has resigned the licensee may appoint either an uncertified temporary manager or an uncertified acting manager. Notification to the DLC is required and certain conditions apply.
Under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 no applications will be considered during the Christmas and New Year period. Please make sure you have your application in well in advance if you need it approved before this period.
All applications for special licences must be made to the Council at least 20 working days before the event. (Funerals that require an alcohol licence are exempt from this timeframe but an application will still need to be completed.)
Once you have the appropriate qualifications, at least six months experience in the industry, and are over 20 years old you can make an application for a manager's certificate.
Applications must be accompanied by:
A copy of the application is sent to the police and the district licensing inspector so that they may enquire into, and report on, the suitability of the applicant.
Applicants for manager's certificates will need to have completed bar manager training, which includes:
These units need to be hooked onto the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and then a Record of Learning sent to Hospitality Standards Institute to generate the nationally recognised Licence Controller Qualification (LCQ).
Manager's certificates are renewed every three years. You must apply to renew your manager's certificate before it expires. You will need to show that you are still involved in managing the sale and supply alcohol. A copy of your ID is also required.
The DLC forwards your renewal application to the police and licensing inspector for their reports. If there are no objections your certificate will be renewed. Otherwise it will be considered by a hearing of the DLC.
Bell Street Campus
Private Bag 2030
Phone: 06 757 3100 (extension 8908) or 06 759 2090
Phone: 06 753 9201 or 0800 bartrain (227 872)
Fax: 06 753 9207
Phone: 0800 765 228
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Page last updated: 01:17PM Fri 16 June 2023