This certificate authorises the holder to manage any licensed premises.
Requirements for application
- You need to be 20-years-old or over
- You need to have had at least six months experience at licensed premises in the hospitality, grocery or liquor industries
- Photo ID (Passport or Drivers Licence)
- Reference from your employer stating training, experience and character
- Work Visa (if applicable)
- Licence Controller Qualification from an approved training provider
Industry Training Solutions – Travels to Whanganui,
Hawera, New Plymouth
0800 464 487
The Training Bureau – Correspondence
0800 227 872
Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT) – Based
in New Plymouth
Bell Street Campus, New Plymouth
(06) 757 3100 ext 8908 or (06) 759 2090
All applications are run through Police vetting. The Licensing Officer may contact you to conduct a brief interview before approving your application. If opposed, you will be sent a copy for the objection and you may be required to attend a public hearing with the District Licensing Committee.
The first certificate is issued for 12 months and a renewed certificate is issued for a three-year period.
You must let us know if a manager is dismissed, resigns or their certificate is cancelled.
Please note there are processing close-down days that apply to applications in process over the period 20 December to 15 January annually.
Click here to apply for a Manager’s Certificate
Fees and Charges (2023/24)
Managers Certificate Application
Renewal of Manager’s Certificate
If you have a current Manager’s Certificate, Council will send you a renewal reminder to the address we have on file for you before the certificate is due to expire.
However, it's the applicant's sole responsibility to ensure their licence is current.
If your certificate expires before you apply for a renewal, your certificate lapses and you will have to apply for a new Manager’s Certificate.
Change in management - Temporary or Acting Manager
When alcohol is being sold or supplied to the public on licensed premises, there must be a manager who holds a Manager's Certificate on duty at all times. When there has been a change in management for a licensed premises, please complete one of the below applications to notify the District Licensing Committee.
Temporary Managers/Acting Manager form (coming online soon - please contact our Regulatory Services team on 0800 111 323 in the meantime)
Acting managers can be appointed to cover planned or unplanned leave. If a manager is ill or absent, the licensee may appoint an acting manager for no more than three weeks at any one time, or a period of no more than six weeks in any 12-month period.
Acting manager form (coming online soon - please contact our Regulatory Services team on 0800 111 323 in the meantime)
If a certified manager is ill, absent, dismissed or resigns, the licensee can appoint a temporary manager. The temporary manager does not need to hold a current manager's certificate, but must lodge an application for a manager's certificate within two working days of the appointment. The temporary manager's status will remain in effect until their application has been considered.
If the application is not lodged within two working days, or the application is refused, the licensee must stop using that person as a manager.
Temporary manager form (coming online soon - please contact our Regulatory Services team on 0800 111 323 in the meantime)
Fees and charges (2023/24)