“E raka te maui e raka te katau" "A community can use all the skills of its people”
Licensees have a range of responsibilities. These vary depending on the licence type and any particular conditions on the licence.
There are some key conditions for licensed premises, they must:
Note: A licensed premises MUST NOT:
Your local council also has the powers to control excessive noise, and also takes care of many local amenities, refuse collection, and cleaning of public spaces. If any of these need attention they will be pleased to hear from you. Further information on the specific conditions for on-licences, off-licences, club licences and special licences can be found by clicking on the links.
If a licensee or duty manager is found to be in breach of licence conditions they are subject to a range of penalties. These range from fines, licence suspensions or cancellation. For more details on penalites, click here.
From time to time, a Council Licensing Inspector or representative from the police and health authorities may visit licensed premises in your community to conduct a compliance check. They will test to see if premises are meeting the conditions of their licence and the provisions of the Act.
On occasion, other inspectors may also visit. This includes:
Māori Wardens also have specific powers constituted under the Māori Community Development Act 1962 to limit unruly behaviour on licensed premises. Section 31 of the Act states that a “Māori Warden may at any reasonable time enter any licensed premises in any area where he is authorised to carry out his duties and warn the licensee or any servant of the licensee to abstain from selling or supplying liquor to any Māori who in the opinion of the Warden is in a state of intoxication, or is violent, quarrelsome, or disorderly, or is likely to become so, whether intoxicated or not”.