Host Responsibility

Host responsibility means creating a responsible drinking environment and looking out for your customers while they are on your premises.

If you currently hold an alcohol licence you must have a host responsibility policy and provide regular and ongoing staff training.

If you are applying for a Licence you must satisfy the District Licensing Committee, NZ Police and Medical Officer of Health that you have practical measures in place to prevent problems with intoxication, unruly behaviour and minors.

 New Host Responsibilities

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 has introduced several new measures around host responsibility. From 18 December 2013, all On Licences have to supply or make available low- and non-alcohol beverages, food and information about safe transport.

Also, businesses receiving an On Licence for the first time or renewing their existing On Licence:

  • must supply free water for patrons, and
  • will have to meet other conditions required by the local district licensing committee (for example, one-way door restrictions after certain times, security requirements).

The Health Promotion Agency has a range of resources and publications designed to help businesses understand and comply with the new laws. See the research and resources section at

Information and posters about host responsibility are also available from the Public Health Service, Nelson Marlborough District Health Board on +64 3 546 1537.

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