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Alcohol and Gambling licensing within the Mackenzie District.


Mackenzie District Council contracts Timaru District Council to provide services in relation to liquor licensing, monitoring and enforcement in the Mackenzie District.

Liquor Control - Timaru District Council

Pursuant to the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Regulations 2013 all applications for alcohol licences (new, renewals, variations etc) need to be notified by way of a public notice.

Public notices for all applications in Timaru, Mackenzie and Waimate are published on the Timaru District Council website. The advertisements remain on this site for 15 working days. If there are non-working days during this period the closing date for public notice periods throughout the year (including the days between 20 December and 15 January) will be extended.

Current public notices related to alcohol licences - Timaru District Council website.

The Gambling Act 2003 required territorial authorities to adopt a Class 4 Gambling Venue and Board Venue Policy for their district.

Council consent is required for new premises (and sometimes for increases in machine numbers for existing premises) as part of the Gambling Act overall licensing process.

Class 4 venues use or involve gaming machines.

Meaning of Class 4 gambling

In the Gambling Act 2003, Class 4 Gambling is:

  1. gambling that is not gambling of another class and that satisfies the following criteria:

    a.) the net proceeds from the gambling are applied to or distributed for authorised purposes:
    b.) no commission is paid to, or received by, a person for conducting the gambling:
    c.) the gambling satisfies relevant game rules; and

  2. gambling that utilises or involves a gaming machine; or
  3. gambling categorised by the Secretary as class 4 gambling.

In order to obtain Council consent, applicants must provide information so that Council is satisfied the Class 4 Gambling Venue and Board Venue Policy criteria are being met.

Fees and Charges

Costs related to liquor licensing in the Mackenzie District.