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Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority

The Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority determines applications regarding liquor licences that have been opposed, and applications for the suspension of liquor licences.

The Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority (the Authority) makes decisions on:

  • Applications or renewals for licences and manager’s certificates that are referred to it by district licensing committees.
  • Applications to suspend or cancel licences or manager’s certificates.
  • Appeals against decisions of district licensing committees
  • Appeals against provisional local alcohol policies.

About the Authority

The Authority was established under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. It replaced the Liquor Licensing Authority.

Membership

The Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority can consist of up to three district court judges (one of whom is the chairperson) and any number of other members.  Members are normally appointed for a term of up to five years.
At present, the Authority is comprised of a chairperson (who is a district court judge) and three members.

Commission of Inquiry

The Authority has the powers of a commission of inquiry under the Commissions of Inquiry Act 1908.  This means it can summon witnesses, require documentation, and award costs (to a limited extent).

Annual report

The Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority reports annually to the Minister of Justice on:

  • Its proceedings and operations during the year

  • The working of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act and may recommend amendments to the Act where appropriate.

Previous annual reports can be found on the parliament website at www.parliament.govt.nz.