Under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 (the Act) the District Licensing Committees' (DLC) role is to consider and determine all new and renewal applications, whether opposed or unopposed.

Christchurch City Council has approved the following people as list members of the Christchurch District Licensing Committees:

  • Cindy Robinson for a period of five years from 18 December 2017.
  • Amy Keir for a period of five years from 18 December 2017.
  • David Blackwell for a period of five years from 23 November 2020.
  • Merelyn Redstone for a period of five years from 23 November 2020.
  • David Ivory for a period of two years from 23 November 2020.
  • Lana Shields for a period of five years from 23 November 2020.
  • Greg Clapp for a period of two years from 23 November 2020.

The Chief Executive on the Council's recommendation has appointed the following of the members as Commissioners of the Christchurch District Licensing Committees:

  • Cindy Robinson for a period of five years from 18 December 2017.
  • David Blackwell for a period of five years from 23 November 2020.
  • Merelyn Redstone for a period of five years from 23 November 2020.
  • David Ivory for a period of two years from 23 November 2020.

Commissioners have the functions, powers and duties of chairpersons of the Christchurch District Licensing Committees.

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 permits a Commissioner sitting alone to determine uncontested applications. Any contested application is dealt with by way of a 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 based on grounds outside the scope of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, the objector does not require a hearing, or the application is withdrawn.

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.

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

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 of the Christchurch District Licensing Committee are listed below. Additional decisions will be added as they become available.

 Name Date Decision
Keshav Singh Jaswal [PDF, 18 KB] 5 November 2021 60E[2021]8373
Juneja Groups Ltd [PDF, 138 KB] 1 November 2021 60E[2021]8701
Progressive Retails Ltd [PDF, 79 KB] 18 October 2021 60F[2021]8671