Defining Licensed Premises
This page explains how your licensed premises will be defined or redefined under the Sale of Liquor Act 1989.
Liquor licences include a definition of the premises licensed
Your On-Licence, Off-Licence or Club Licence will include a definition of the premises on which liquor may be sold or supplied.
This will be depicted in the scale plan of your premises submitted as part of your liquor licence application approved by the District licensing Agency.
The definition will authorise either the sale or supply of liquor generally on the premises or in any specified part or parts of the premises.
If the sale, supply or consumption of liquor is authorised only in any specified part or parts of the premises each part will be identified on the scale plan attached to your licence.
Liquor may be sold or supplied only in the defined premises
Liquor may only be sold or supplied in the part or parts of your premises authorised by your licence.
Licensees may apply for redefinition of their premises
You may apply to the District Licensing Agency for redefinition of your premises to allow the sale, supply or consumption of liquor in a larger area or part of your premises.
Please apply in writing to the District Licensing Agency for redefinition of your premises and include:
- A scale plan of your premises showing the proposed changes.
- A SOL (Sale of Liquor) Compliance Certificate.
Redefinition applications are reported on
A Council Licensing Inspector, the Police and Wellington Regional Public Health Office will report on your application for premises redefinition.
Public notification is not required for these applications.
The District Licensing Agency will determine redefinition applications
The District Licensing Agency may either grant the redefinition application or require you to make an application for variation of your licence conditions.
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