The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 (the Act) has introduced a new decision-making body for applications for alcohol licences and managers' certificates – the District Licensing Committee (DLC).

From 18 December 2013, the role of DLCs is to consider and determine all new and renewal applications, whether opposed or unopposed.

Christchurch has appointed four DLCs, each made up of a Commissioner and two persons from an approved list.

People approved as list members or appointed as a Commissioner to the DLC:

  • Commissioners: Paul Rogers, Robin Wilson, Grant Buchanan, Al Lawn
  • List of members: Paul Rogers, Robin Wilson, Grant Buchanan, Al Lawn, Tanya Surrey, Paul Buttell, David Blackwell, John Verry

The Act permits the Commissioner sitting alone to determine uncontested applications. Any contested application is dealt with by way of public hearing.

More information on upcoming public hearings and agendas.

All licence applications are required to be publicly notified.

The public can object to an application for an alcohol licence if they have an interest greater than the public in general.

If there are no objections the application may be granted without a public hearing. If there are objections a public hearing will be held unless the objection is deemed vexatious or the applicant does not require a hearing.

In considering any application for a licence, the DLC must consider various criteria.

The decision makers cannot take into account the impacts of the licence on business conducted under any other licence or other matters not covered by the criteria.

Note: District Plan consent requirements must be met before a licence is applied for.


Decisions of the DLC

Every decision of the DLC must be publicly notified. You can search decisions of the DLC below.

If you were a party to proceedings and disagree with the DLC’s decision you can appeal to the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority (ARLA). Appeals are dealt with by way of a rehearing. You need to give a notice of appeal to ARLA within 10 working days of the date of the decision being notified to you.

There is a cost for filing an appeal.

For more information on appeals go to the Ministry of Justice Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority webpage(external link).

For assistance in locating a decision, please contact 


Decisions arising from a Hearing

Decisions arising from a hearing of the Christchurch District Licensing Committee are listed below. Additional decisions will be added as they become available.

Name Date Decision
Caliente Kitchens Ltd [PDF, 14 KB] 20 November 2017 60C [2017] 2899
Symbur Holdings [PDF, 34 KB] 13 November 2017 60C [2017] 2825
Natasha Bradley  [PDF, 15 KB] 9 November 2017 60C [2017] 2799
Procope Coffee House [PDF, 13 KB] 8 November 2017 60C [2017] 2790
The Cuban [PDF, 13 KB] 7 November 2017 60C [2017] 2766
New York Deli, Christchurch [PDF, 20 KB] 26 October 2017 60B [2017] 2674
Gursahib Singh Atwal [PDF, 22 KB] 17 October 2017 60A [2017] 2539
Luke Howard Darlow [PDF, 18 KB] 12 October 2017 60B [2017] 2527
Rebecca Marie Thomson [PDF, 18 KB] 12 October 2017 60B [2017] 2526
Cashmere Primary School PTA [PDF, 19 KB] 27 September 2017 60C [2017] 2370
Heathcote Valley School [PDF, 19 KB]  8 September 2017 60C [2017] 2194
Hospo Group Limited [PDF, 80 KB] 4 September 2017 60D [2017] 2151
Wunderbar [PDF, 34 KB] 1 September 2017 60D [2017] 2182
Olivia Sarah Jane Wells [PDF, 17 KB]  30 August 2017 60D [2017] 2150
Belfast Sports Community Centre (Inc) [PDF, 19 KB] 17 August 2017 60C [2017] 1982
Zhe Yu [PDF, 18 KB] 9 August 2017 60B [2017] 1926
Taejin Kang [PDF, 17 KB]  9 August 2017 60B [2017] 1925
Darren John Matthews [PDF, 15 KB] 25 July 2017 60D [2017] 1747
Harewood Bottle Store [PDF, 92 KB]  25 July 2017 60C [2017] 1766
Liquorpoint NZ [PDF, 30 KB] 19 July 2017 60C [2017] 1717
A Rolling Stone [PDF, 178 KB]  19 July 2017  60B [2017] 1724 
Bealey Speights Ale House [PDF, 16 KB]  8 June 2017 60C [2017] 1364
Bottle Store On Selwyn Street [PDF, 85 KB]  8 June 2017 60B [2017] 1361
Riccarton Wines & Spirits [PDF, 50 KB] 21 June 2017 60D [2017] 1450
Vodka Plus Limited [PDF, 54 KB] 16 May 2017 60B [2017] 1102
Lauren Ann Timms [PDF, 17 KB]  6 April 2017 60B [2017] 808
Tigga Design [PDF, 16 KB]  30 March 2017 60D [2017] 755
Tigga Design [PDF, 16 KB]  30 March 2017 60D [2017] 754
PM Liquor Limited [PDF, 50 KB]  29 March 2017 60D [2017] 739
Kelly Anne Jeffs [PDF, 17 KB] 27 February 2017 60B [2017] 437
Kimberley Denise Brownie [PDF, 17 KB]  27 February 2017 60B [2017] 436
Peceli Bulivakarua [PDF, 21 KB]  27 February 2017 60B [2017] 432
Countdown Church Corner [PDF, 22 KB] 20 February 2017 60C [2017] 405
Wendy Xu [PDF, 18 KB]  20 February 2017 60D [2017] 409
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