About the authority

Information about alcohol licensing during COVID-19

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


The Authority can have up to 3 district court judges (one of whom is the chairperson) and any number of other members. Members are normally appointed for 5 years. The Authority currently consists of a Chairperson (who is a district court judge) and 3 members.


The following legislation is often considered by the authority:

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 some costs.

Annual report

Each year the Authority sends a report to the Minister of Justice about:

  • its proceedings and operations during the year
  • the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act – it may also recommend amendments to the Act where appropriate.

Previous annual reports can be found on Parliament’s website:

Parliament website(external link)

This page was last updated: