Applying for an Alcohol Licence
You have two options to apply for an Alcohol Licence:
- Online through Business Connect (see below), a simple and straightforward online service - part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).
- Manually, using the downloadable forms in the Alcohol Licence and Special Licence section.
|To apply for an on/off/club/special and temporary alcohol licence please follow the following steps|
|1. Follow the link to log in or set up an account: https://services.businessconnect.govt.nz|
|2. You will need Realme (unverified) to log on. If you don’t have one, you can set up a realme here|
|3. Setting up your account just takes a couple of minutes – you’ll need to enter your name, phone number and email address. You’ll get a code in you email to verify yourself.|
|4. That’s it, you’re ready to apply.|
|5. After you have completed the application, it will automatically be sent to Council.|
Result: We'll be in touch with an invoice, or if we have any further questions regarding your application. You can pay your fee in person at one of our service centres, or online, using the details provided with your invoice.
View the Business Connect video on: https://youtu.be/gZ-gnDBBN5M
All the information on how to extend your trading hours for the rugby world cup can be found in the following factsheets.
For help and support for the extension of trading hours, please email us at Alcohol Licensing at Alcohol-Licensing@Tararuadc.govt.nz or call 06 374 4080 or 06 376 0110 and ask for Alcohol licensing.
Ministry of Justice has been working with Business Connect to develop a digitised form businesses can use to notify the relevant territorial authority and police. Business Connect is a centralised platform for New Zealand businesses to manage their licence, permits and registrations online.
You can complete the form on Business Connect, once submitted a summary of the notification is sent via email to the local territorial authority and police you have selected.
All notifications must be sent 7 days prior to the game you intend to open for.
How to Apply?
- Click Business Connect
- Log in using your RealMe login.
If you don’t have a RealMe login or if it’s your first time logging onto Business Connect, you will need to verify your email address.
- From the Business Connect dashboard, click the Hospitality tab.
- Click on Rugby World Cup extended trading hours tile and begin the form.
Any technical issues with the Business Connect platform, please contact email@example.com.
If you need help with RealMe, please go here.
Alcohol licensing is managed by the Tararua District Council and covers administration and compliance of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, duty managers certificates, licences for premises and venues, as well as complaints about a premises licence or operating conditions.
Following consultation with the community, Tararua District Council adopted an Alcohol Bylaw which came into force on 17 December 2018. More information about the liquor ban zones and rules can be found on our Liquor Ban Areas page.