Manager's Certificate

A Manager’s Certificate is needed by anyone who intends to be a manager of licensed premises such as a bar, supermarket, hotel, tavern or a club.

Before you make an application

While you are applying for a licence, you may need our advice. Please get in touch and make an appointment at least a day in advance to see us.

You should apply to Hutt City Council (your local District Licensing Committee) only if your business is based within the boundaries of Lower Hutt. This includes Wainuiomata, Petone and Eastbourne.

A new Manager’s Certificate expires after 12 months. Renewals expire after three years. It is the responsibility of the applicant to apply for a renewal before the expiry date.

Make a new application

All licence applications and supporting documentation need to be sent to us in triplicate, on A4 or A3 sized paper only. Documents must not be bound.

  1. When you are ready to make an application, you will need to complete the following form:
    Manager's Certificate form (PDF 75 Kb)
  2. Along with your application, provide the following: Evidence of prior sale of alcohol experience (eg reference), a copy of your drivers licence or passport, two written character references and details of any specific premises which the applicant will manage
  3. If you are making an application for a Manager's Certificate, you will need to provide us a Licence Controller’s Qualification Certificate. A bridging test certificate is required if your LCQ was issued before 18 December 2013.

Processing your application

Once we have received your completed application, we obtain reports from Police. We approve your application if no objection is received. If objections are received your application may require a hearing.

An interview may be needed. If so, we will contact you.

If you are not a New Zealand citizen, please contact a Licensing Inspector prior to lodging your application.

Renewal of Manager’s Certificate

All licence applications and supporting documentation need to be sent to us in triplicate, on A4 or A3 sized paper only. Documents must not be bound.

To make an application, follow these steps:

  1. When you are ready to renew your Manager's Certificate, you will need to complete the following:
    Application for renewal of Manager's Certificate form (PDF 67 Kb)
  2. Along with your application, provide details of any specific premises which the applicant will manage
  3. A LCQ bridging test certificate is required for your renewal to be issued for three years. If you do not provide this with your application then you will be issued a 12 month renewal to give you time to complete the bridging test

Processing your application

Once we have received your completed application, we obtain reports from the Police. We approve your application if no objection is received. If objections are received your application may require a hearing.

An interview may be needed. If so, we will contact you.

If you are not a New Zealand citizen, please contact a Licensing Inspector prior to lodging your application.

Notice of Management Change

A licensee must notify us when they appoint a certificated manager or when they cancel or teminate the employment of a certificated manager.

A licensee may appoint a temporary manager or an acting manager (depending on circumstances) if the certificated manager is ill, absent, dismissed or resigns.

In each case a Notice of Management Change form must be completed.
Notice of Management Change form (PDF 48 Kb)

How long will it take?

New applications and renewals will take at least six weeks for uncontested applications. If the application is contested, the applications will take considerably longer to process.

How much does it cost?

Look up our fees framework (PDF 43 Kb) to see what your licence may cost.

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