The Auckland Regional Public Health Service is one of three enforcement agencies involved in the liquor licensing application process for the greater Auckland region. The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 requires the Medical Officer of Health (and Police) to report on all liquor licence applications including on, club, off and Special).
Under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, ARPHS' Medical Officer of Health must inquire and report on all liquor licence applications within 15 working days of receiving the application from the District Licensing Agency.
ARPHS will usually arrange for an officer to meet with the licensee and discuss aspects of host responsibility if necessary. This will include discussing correct signage, range of non – and/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, as well as 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, and request signs and literature in relation to liquor licensing, please contact us on 09 623 4600 extension 27272. Licencees can complete an online form to request signs and literature
Please remember, the quicker you return the questionnaire to us, the faster we can process our reports for your licence.