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Local boards gain powers to object to alcohol licences

Local boards gain powers to object to alcohol licences


Auckland Council has delegated local boards the power to object to alcohol licence applications in their area.

Until yesterday’s Governing Body meeting, local boards did not have the authority to engage in legal proceedings such as objecting to an application for an alcohol licence.

Like any party objecting to a licence application, local boards will be required to follow strict criteria outlined in the Sale & Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. Criteria such as the suitability of the applicant and whether the amenity and good order of the locality may affect the area are just some of the grounds required to make an objection.

An objection by any resident, business, local board or agency (e.g. Police, Medical Board of Health) must be filed with the District Licensing Committee (DLC) within 15 working days of the first public notice announcing an application has been made.

DLCs consider all aspects of the application and any objections before they make the decision on whether to grant or decline an application. In making their final decision the DLC must follow the criteria set out in the Act.

For more information please visit aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/alcohol

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