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Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 was passed as law in December 2012. It replaces the Sale of Liquor Act 1989 from 18 December 2013.

The new Act comes into force in three stages to allow time for everyone to prepare for the new system.

From 19 December 2012 - the key changes include:

  • the new Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority (ARLA) replaces the Liquor Licensing Authority
  • applications for new liquor licences lodged after 19 December 2012 are issued an interim one-year licence only. When interim licences expire, holders must apply for a new licence under the criteria of the new laws
  • local authorities can adopt provisional local alcohol policies (LAPs).

From 18 June 2013 - the key changes include:

  • all licence applications have to meet new, expanded criteria (eg, whether the licence is likely to increase alcohol-related harm or negatively impact the community)
  • all licence applications are subject to new grounds for objection

18 December 2013 - the final stage of the new law comes into force

  • the new District Licensing Committee becomes operational and makes decisions on all licensing applications
  • the rest of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 comes into force
  • default maximum trading hours are in place until a LAP is developed
  • the Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Fees) Regulations 2013 are enacted and a new risk based fees regime is introduced
  • the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Regulations 2013 are enacted which includes the ability to issue infringements, provides guidance around grocery store eligability and details requirements in relation to managers records and qualifications

The Ministry of Justice's website is the official source of information for:

  • what's changing
  • when the changes are happening
  • who will be affected
  • how the new system will work

For more information and to view a number of useful factsheets, visit:

Sale and Supply of Alcohol - Ministry of Justice website 

Related Links

Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 20112 - HPA website (formerly ALAC) 
Sale and Supply of Alcohol Regulations 2013 - NZ Legislation website
Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Fees) Regulations 2013 - NZ Legislation website 
Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 - NZ Legislation website