Lodging an Objection
To object to an alcohol licence application, you need to have a ‘greater interest than the general public’. You have 'greater interest' if you are likely to be more affected by the licence than most other people. For example, if you live in the same street as the proposed licensed premises you could be in a position of greater interest, compared with someone who lives 10km away and has general concerns about the effects of alcohol on the community.
Your objection must be in writing and must be filed with the Council within 15 working days after the date of the first newspaper notice. Objections can be filed by post, email, or in person.
Matamata-Piako District Council
07 884 0060 or 0800 746 467
Te Aroha Office - 35 Kenrick Street, Te Aroha
Your letter of objection must include:
- The name and location of the licensed premises or proposed premises.
- Why you consider you have an interest that is greater than the general public.
- Your grounds for objection.
- Your signature.
- Your name, address and contact details including phone number.
You will be sent an acknowledgement when we receive your objection - this will go to the name and address supplied. A copy of your objection will also be forwarded to the alcohol licence applicant.
Your objection will be assessed to make sure it meets the criteria for consideration, ie that you have an interest greater than the general public and that your grounds for objection meet the criteria.
Alcohol licence applications which have been objected to will be considered at a Public Hearing of the DLC. You will be advised of the hearing date, time and location. If your objection is in the form of a petition, we will notify the petition spokesperson. If the applicant withdraws their application, you will be notified by the Licensing Inspector.
It is not compulsory for objectors to attend or speak at the hearing, however, the Committee may get a better understanding of the objection if the objector attends the Hearing to speak about their concerns.
We are required to forward a copy of all objections and reports to the alcohol licence applicant. Applicants are entitled to know the basis of any objections so they can consider whether to amend their proposal, continue with their application or prepare a response to the objections. Some applicants may invite objectors or members of the public to a meeting to discuss concerns raised.
The contact details of objectors will not be published or advertised, however, the names of objectors and the basis of the objection may be included in the DLC decision, which will be publicly available.
Criteria for objections
If you want to object to an alcohol licence application, you must be in a position of 'greater interest' than the general public.
Greater interest criteria
You have 'greater interest' if you are likely to be more affected by the licence than most other people. For example, if you live in the same street as the proposed licensed premises you could be in a position of greater interest, compared with someone who lives 10km away and has general concerns about the effects of alcohol on the community.
The following may be grounds for objection:
- Suitability of the applicant.
- Days and hours alcohol is proposed to be sold.
- Days and hours the club premises will be used for club activities.
- Proposed designation of the premises (whether minors will be allowed on the premises).
- Lack of enforcement for the minimum age requirements.
- Lack of non-alcoholic refreshments and/or availability of food.
- The sale and supply of goods and services other than alcohol or food.
- Whether the application meets the object of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 (to minimise the negative impacts of alcohol on the community).
- The design and layout of any proposed premises.
- Whether the "amenity and good order of the locality" would be reduced by more than a minor extent.
- Whether the "amenity and good order of the locality" is already badly impacted by existing alcohol licences.
- Whether the applicant has capable, well trained staff and good systems in place to meet their responsibilities when supplying alcohol.
- Noise levels (relating to the licensed premises).
- Nuisance and vandalism (eg wilful damage, graffiti and crime).
- The number and types of licensed premises in an area.
- Community, educational or other facilities in the vicinity of the proposed licensed premises.