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Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority

Under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, the Liquor Licensing Authority became the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority (ARLA). This factsheet outlines ARLA’s role.

Under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, the Liquor Licensing Authority became the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority (ARLA).  This page outlines ARLA’s role.

From 19 December 2012, the Liquor Licensing Authority became the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority (ARLA).

During the first 12 months of the new law, ARLA will continue to consider all contested applications.  District licensing agencies will continue to consider all uncontested applications [see factsheet: Applications during the transitional period].

From 18 December 2013, district licensing agencies will be replaced by district licensing committees.  District licensing committees will be responsible for considering both contested and uncontested applications.  ARLA will be primarily an appeal body for applications.

ARLA’s role

ARLA’s primary role is to:

  • consider and determine appeals against decisions of district licensing agencies/committees
  • consider and determine enforcement applications regarding alleged breaches by licensees or managers
  • consider and determine appeals against local alcohol policies
  • determine applications referred to it by district licensing agencies/committees, with the leave of ARLA’s chairperson.

ARLA can also:

  • issue directions to guide the practices of district licensing agencies/committee
  • appoint an ARLA member or a qualified person to investigate and report on any matters about how ARLA is exercising its powers or functions
  • ask district licensing agencies/committees to investigate and report on any matters about ARLA’s functions
  • advise district licensing agencies/committees about administration and policies related to the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012
  • monitor the performance of district licensing agencies/committees.

ARLA must provide an annual report to the Minister of Justice on its proceedings and operations during the year, and workings of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.

Powers

ARLA is a commission of inquiry and has  powers under the Commissions of Inquiry Act 1908. 

This means it has the power to summon witnesses, award costs, require parties to produce documents and give punishments for contempt.

Membership of ARLA

ARLA’s membership consists of up to three District Court judges and any number of members. A District Court judge is the chairperson. Members are usually appointed for five years and can be reappointed.

Members of the former Liquor Licensing Authority continue in their positions as ARLA members.

Central register

ARLA, like the former Liquor Licensing Authority, will keep a central register. The register will record licence and managers certificate applications, enforcement applications regarding alleged breaches by licensees and managers, the outcome of decisions, and information about licensees and managers.

The public can obtain information from the register about licences, managers certificates and applications. Requests for register information are made to the secretary of ARLA. There is a fee to obtain information from the register.

Additional information

Additional information about ARLA can be found at www.justice.govt.nz/tribunals.

Additional information about changes to the sale and supply of alcohol can be found at www.justice.govt.nz/policy/sale-and-supply-of-alcohol.

Additional information to answer queries from councils and enforcement staff about ARLA's planned new systems and processes are available here.

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