Apply for or renew your manager's certificate

Apply for a new manager certificate

All liquor licence applications and supporting documentation need to be sent to us with two additional copies i.e. the original application and attachments, and two complete copies.

When you are ready to make an application, you will need to complete an Application for New Manager's Certificate(PDF, 2MB) . Please ensure you have filled out all the information in detail on the form.

You will also need to include the following:

  • Two written character references.

  • Copy of your Licence Controllers Qualification.

  • Copy of driver’s licence or passport.

  • Copy of work visa or residents certificate (if applicable).

You will need to make payment of $316.25 when you submit your application. This can be done by direct debit, cheque, or by credit card.

Kareena Stewart (Liquor Licensing Administrator)
Email: kareena.stewart@uhcc.govt.nz

Renew a manager certificate

All liquor licence applications and supporting documentation need to be sent to us with two additional copies i.e. the original application and attachments, and two complete copies. 

When you are ready to make an application, you will need to complete an Application for Renewal of Manager's Certificate .RENEWAL-Manager.pdf(PDF, 2MB) Please ensure you have filled out all the information in detail on the form.

You will need to make payment of $316.25 when you submit your application. This can be done by direct debit, cheque, or by credit card.

Send your application to:

Kareena Stewart (Liquor Licensing Administrator)
Email: kareena.stewart@uhcc.govt.nz

Processing your application

Once we have received your completed application, a report is obtained from Council’s Licensing Inspector and the Police. We approve your application if no objection is received.

A new manager certificate will involve an interview by the Council’s Licensing Inspector at the Council office. You will be contacted to make a time for your interview.

If an objection is received, your file is sent to the Alcohol and Regulatory Licensing Authority (ARLA) for a decision. Usually this process would involve a hearing. If any objections are received you will be notified by us in the first instance and a copy of the objection will be sent to you.

How long will it take?

Applications for Manager Certificates usually take 20 working days to complete, but can take up to six weeks in total for uncontested applications.

If the application is objected to and sent to the Alcohol and Regulatory Licensing Authority (ARLA) as explained above, it then becomes subject to the ARLA’s hearings timetable. The ARLA will notify the applicant of the date of hearing in due course.