Alcohol Licences, Alcohol Bans & District Licensing

Public notices of alcohol licence applications can now be published on our website, instead of in newspapers. See below for more information.

COVID-19:  A new piece of legislation was introduced 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.

Instead of the usual 15 working days these two agencies had to report on applications, they now have until 22 June 2021. If our Council receives a response from both agencies before 22 June 2021, your application will continue to be processed. This extended timeframe applies to applications received in the last few weeks, and only for the above types of applications. It doesn’t apply to special licence or Manager Certificate applications.

 You can find out more about this here.

Feel free to contact Kelly Hosking or Deborah Crowther on (07) 868 0200 or or

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.

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

More details are on our web page