Alcohol Licences, Alcohol Bans & District Licensing

At Alert Level 2, cafes, restaurants, bars, night clubs and takeaway services can open, but with extra safety measures. People who work in customer-facing roles in hospitality venues must wear a face covering, however customers can take off their masks so they can eat or drink. There can only be up to 50 people in an indoor space, and up to 100 people in an outdoor space, and customers and workers need to keep 1 metre apart. Bars and night clubs can open with seated service only. For information about COVID-19, visit Unite against COVID-19 (covid19.govt.nz)

COVID-19:  A notice (gazette) was introduced which extends the Epidemic Preparedness (SSAA 2021) Immediate Modification Order 2020, that has temporarily extended the time it takes to process a new or renewal applications application of a Club, ON or OFF licence, to allow the Police and Medical Officer of Health priority to manage COVID-19. It doesn’t apply to special licence or Manager Certificate applications.

Instead of the usual 15 working days these two agencies had to report on applications, they now have until 8 February 2022. If our Council receives a response from both agencies before 8 February 2022, your application will continue to be processed. 

 You can find out more about this here.

Feel free to contact Kelly Hosking or Deborah Crowther on (07) 868 0200 or kelly.hosking@tcdc.govt.nz or deborah.crowther@tcdc.govt.nz


The approval of all alcohol applications is carried out by the Thames-Coromandel District Licensing Committee which is a separate legal entity of Council. All applications for licences and managers certificates are determined by the Committee or under delegated authority once all the required processes have been followed.

Application forms can be found under the FORMS section of this website.  All applications are to be sent TCDC via post, deliver to office or email to: customer.services@tcdc.govt.nz

If you require further information, please email our Customer Services Team or enquire at the following Service Centres:

  • Coromandel Town Service Centre
    355 Kapanga Road, Coromandel
  • Mercury Bay Service Centre
    10 Monk Street, Whitianga
  • Thames District Office
    515 Mackay Street, Thames
  • Whangamata Area Service Centre
    620 Port Road, Whangamata

Alcohol licence application public notices now on our website

Public notices of alcohol licence applications are now published online on our website, making them easier to access and cheaper in almost every case for the applicant.

Our charge for an online public notice is $100, which in most cases will be significantly less than the charge an applicant would pay if advertising through a newspaper.

If an applicant would like their notice published in the newspaper instead of our website, please let us know at the time of applying.

Each notice will remain on the website for 15 working days, allowing people in our community to remain up to date and informed about alcohol licence applications.

The process for objecting to a licence application will remain the same. Send us your written objection within 15 working days of the public notice being published. Write to:

The Secretary
Thames Coromandel District – District Licensing Committee
Private Bag 1001
Thames 3540

Or, email:
The Secretary, District Licensing Committee
customer.services@tcdc.govt.nz

More details are on our web page www.tcdc.govt.nz/howtoobject.