Every territorial authority must have one or more district licensing committees (DLCs) to make decisions on all licences and managers certificates. A DLC can't delegate its decision-making role. DLCs are responsible for considering:
A DLC must be made up of:
The 2 committee members are selected from a list of potential DLC members. This list can be shared with other territorial authorities. In relation to the Auckland Council, an elected member includes members of the Council’s governing body (as defined in section 4 of the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009) and its local boards (as established under section 10 of that Act).
Licensing inspectors can issue infringement notices for some licensing offences. Also, when preparing a report on an application, licensing inspectors can access information on current and past licensees and managers held centrally by the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority (ARLA). The information helps to determine whether an applicant is a suitable person to hold, or continue to hold, a licence or a manager's certificate.
Under the Act, each territorial authority’s chief executive:
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