Proposed Alcohol Licensing Fees Bylaw

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Background

Council has a range of alcohol licensing functions under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 (the Act). Our alcohol licensing fees are currently set at default levels under the Act and have not risen since the fees were first set in 2013. While the fees have stayed the same, the cost of running alcohol licensing has risen substantially. This means Kāpiti Coast ratepayers currently subsidise licensing fees by about 30 percent.

Our proposal

We are proposing an Alcohol Licensing Fees Bylaw that will enable us to set our own fees to reduce the expense on ratepayers to around 10 percent. It's fair that some of the cost should fall on us, as Council has a role in minimising alcohol-related harm and gives the community the opportunity to have a say when applications are made to the licensing committee. If we don't do anything, ratepayers will pay $633,000 over the next five years to subsidise the licensing fees. The new fees set under the proposed bylaw would save ratepayers $387,000.

If the bylaw is introduced, the paper to council recommends that license application fees, annual licensing fees, and special license application fees would be increased. Manager’s certificates are excluded as they are outside the scope of a bylaw. The fee increases would mainly affect medium to high-risk premises like pubs and chain stores or supermarkets, not small daytime cafes, or intimate high-end restaurants.

Wellington City and Hutt City have introduced a similar bylaw.

For more detailed information and to see the draft bylaw, read the Alcohol Fees Bylaw 2024 Consultation Document.

Have your say

Your submission, and those of other submitters, will help inform Councillors’ decision-making as we finalise the Alcohol Licensing Fees Bylaw 2024.

You can complete your submission online below, or you can either:

  • email it to haveyoursay@kapiticoast.govt.nz
  • drop it off at the Council offices or a Council Service Centre, or
  • post it to: Kāpiti Coast District Council, Private Bag 60601, Paraparaumu 5254.

Hard copies of the proposal and submission forms are also available from Kāpiti Coast District Council offices, or the Council service centres at our libraries.

Submissions close 28 April 2024

Background

Council has a range of alcohol licensing functions under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 (the Act). Our alcohol licensing fees are currently set at default levels under the Act and have not risen since the fees were first set in 2013. While the fees have stayed the same, the cost of running alcohol licensing has risen substantially. This means Kāpiti Coast ratepayers currently subsidise licensing fees by about 30 percent.

Our proposal

We are proposing an Alcohol Licensing Fees Bylaw that will enable us to set our own fees to reduce the expense on ratepayers to around 10 percent. It's fair that some of the cost should fall on us, as Council has a role in minimising alcohol-related harm and gives the community the opportunity to have a say when applications are made to the licensing committee. If we don't do anything, ratepayers will pay $633,000 over the next five years to subsidise the licensing fees. The new fees set under the proposed bylaw would save ratepayers $387,000.

If the bylaw is introduced, the paper to council recommends that license application fees, annual licensing fees, and special license application fees would be increased. Manager’s certificates are excluded as they are outside the scope of a bylaw. The fee increases would mainly affect medium to high-risk premises like pubs and chain stores or supermarkets, not small daytime cafes, or intimate high-end restaurants.

Wellington City and Hutt City have introduced a similar bylaw.

For more detailed information and to see the draft bylaw, read the Alcohol Fees Bylaw 2024 Consultation Document.

Have your say

Your submission, and those of other submitters, will help inform Councillors’ decision-making as we finalise the Alcohol Licensing Fees Bylaw 2024.

You can complete your submission online below, or you can either:

  • email it to haveyoursay@kapiticoast.govt.nz
  • drop it off at the Council offices or a Council Service Centre, or
  • post it to: Kāpiti Coast District Council, Private Bag 60601, Paraparaumu 5254.

Hard copies of the proposal and submission forms are also available from Kāpiti Coast District Council offices, or the Council service centres at our libraries.

Submissions close 28 April 2024

Page last updated: 08 Apr 2024, 10:53 AM