Any person who has a 'greater interest' in the application for an alcohol licence than the public generally may object to the grant or renewal of that licence.
The Sale & Supply of Alcohol Act 2012
The object of section 4 of this Act is:
Status of objectors: what is a 'greater interest'?
A person with a 'greater interest' could be a resident or business living or operating in the same street as the proposed or existing premises applying for an alcohol licence.
A member of the public residing 10 kilometres away from a proposed or existing premises applying for an alcohol licence and who is concerned about the effects of alcohol on the community generally, may not meet the criteria for 'greater interest'.
The Kāpiti Coast District Licensing Committee (DLC) will not take into account any trade-related objections from other licensed businesses in relation to the issue of a licence.
The DLC may give less weight to objections from people who will not be directly affected by the proposed licensed premises.
The Sale & Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 (section 105) identifies the following as valid grounds for objecting to the application for a new, or renewed, liquor licence:
An objection to a new alcohol licence or renewal must be:
When the DLC receives an objection, the objector is sent an acknowledgement letter and a copy of the objection is sent to the applicant.
If the DLC believes the objection meets the criteria of section 105 of the Act, it will hold a public hearing with all parties. The DLC will write and notify all those involved of the hearing date and time.
However, if the DLC decides an objection does not meet the criteria of section 105 of the Act, it may make a decision based on information and reports provided in the application rather than hold a hearing.
When submitting an objection, individually-written applications are best.
If your objection is representing a group of people, be prepared to have a spokesperson for the group who will be willing to appear at any hearing.
The days on which and the hours during which liquor is/or is intended to be sold under the licence is:
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The application may be inspected during ordinary office hours at the office of the District Licensing Agency at Kapiti Coast District Council, 175 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu.
Any person who is entitled to object and who wishes to object to the grant of the application may, not later than 15 working days after the date of the first publication of this notice, file a notice in writing of the objection with the Secretary of the District Licensing Agency, C/- Kapiti Coast District Council, Private Bag 60601, Paraparaumu 5254.
If you would like further information on preparing an objection or preparing for a hearing of the District Licensing Committee please follow this link to download guidance information from the Health Promotion Agency.
Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012
Control of Alcohol in Public Places Bylaw 2013
Sale of Liquor Act 1989 - NZ legislation website
District Licensing Agency - Sale of Liquor Policy 2000 (PDF, 30 pages, 125Kb)
The Licensing Process - Healthy Promotion Agency website
Flowchart of Licensing Process