Gaming Machines and TAB Venues Policy
This page provides information on the licensing requirements for gambling venues in Porirua City, i.e. premises that have gaming machines (also known as pokies) or TAB.
The Gaming Machine and TAB Venues Policy was adopted by Council on 5 May 2016.
Under the Gambling Act 2003 all territorial authorities, including Porirua City Council, are required to have a class 4 Gaming Machines and TAB Venues Policy. The policy controls the location of new class 4 (non-casino gaming machines or pokies) gambling venues and stand-alone New Zealand Racing Board venues (historically known as Totalisator Agency Board or TAB venues).
The policy does not cover any gaming machines or TAB venues licensed on or before 17 October 2001, unless the venue licence has not been held for the site for more than six months. The policy also does not cover casinos.
Class 4 Gambling Venue Licences
Anyone wishing to establish a class 4 gaming machine or TAB venue in Porirua City must gain consent from the Council under this policy. They then need to apply to the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) for the appropriate licences. Consent granted under this policy does not automatically mean that the venue will gain licences through DIA, nor does it mean that a venue will automatically gain any resource consents that may be required under the Council’s operative District Plan.
You require the Council’s consent for your class 4 venue licence application if you:
- intend to open a new gaming machine or TAB venue (where a licence has not been held for the proposed venue by any society in the last 6 months)
- are proposing to increase the number of machines operating at your venue.
Whether or not this consent will be granted will depend on whether your application complies with the policy.
Complete the application form for a class 4 Gaming Machine and TAB Venues licence and send it to us for processing.
There is a consent application fee payable.
Gambling Act 2003
The Gambling Act controls the use of premises for gaming machines. Gaming machine and TAB venues are categorised as class 4 gambling venues under the legislation.
Under this act, territorial authorities must adopt and review a class 4 gaming machines and TAB venue policy. The policy must say whether or not gambling venues and TABs can be established in the district. If they are allowed, then the policy must say where they may be located (subject to compliance with any District Plan rule or standards or any issued resource consent). In addition, the policy may specify any restrictions on the maximum number of gaming machines that may be operated at a class 4 venue.
Racing Act 2003
The Racing Act controls the use of premises for TAB. Under this act, territorial authorities must adopt and review a TAB venue policy. The policy must say whether TABs can be established in the City. If they are allowed, then the policy must say where they may be located (subject to compliance with any District Plan rule or standards or any issued resource consent).
The Gambling Act 2003 and the Racing Act 2003 requires that this policy is reviewed three years from the date of adoption (5 May 2016).
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