The Auckland Regional Public Health Service is one of three agencies involved in the liquor licensing application process for the greater Auckland region. The Sale of Liquor Act 1989 requires the Medical Officer of Health (and Police) to report on all on-licence and club licence applications (both new applications and renewals).
Under the Sale of Liquor Act 1989, ARPHS' Medical Officer of Health must inquire and report on all on-licence and club licence applications within 15 working days of receiving the application from the District Licensing Agency.
If the application is for a new licence, first year renewal or relates to a tavern or pub, ARPHS will usually arrange for an officer to meet with the licensee and discuss aspects of host responsibility. This will include discussing correct signage, range of non - or low-alcohol alternatives, food options, staff training and transport options.
Auckland Regional Public Health Service also conducts un-announced night visits to determine whether host responsibility practices are occurring when the premises are in operation.
At the end of the 15-day period, once necessary day visits and night visits have been conducted, and the questionnaire has been returned, the Medical Officer of Health will then send the District Licensing Agency their report either opposing or not an application depending on the response to the Public Health Questionnaire, findings from any visits undertaken, and other information that has been considered. Auckland Regional Public Health Service and the Medical Officer of Health do not issue liquor licences.
If you have any questions regarding your application or the questionnaire process, please contact us on 0800 226 382.
Please remember, the quicker you return the questionnaire to us, the faster we can process our reports for your licence.