Gaming Machines

Class 4 Gambling Policy and TAB Board Venue Policy consultation

Consultation on the Draft Kapiti Coast District Council Class 4 Gambling Policy and Draft Kapiti Coast District Council TAB Board Venue Gambling Policy closed on 30 November 2018. Hearing of submitters who wished to speak will take place in Council Chambers on 24 January 2019.

Apply for Funding for Community Groups

Find out about how to apply for community group funding,  the rules for running gaming machines, a gambling or gaming licence and Council's two gaming related policies.

Gaming machine societies distribute grants to community groups. For information on how to apply for funding and for contact addresses of societies, go to the Department of Internal Affairs webpage:


Council's Role and Responsibilities

Council is responsible for setting policies around numbers and locations of Class 4 gaming machines ('pokies')  and on the number of TAB Board venues in the Kāpiti Coast District.  It is also responsible for granting gambling consents but is not involved in deciding how community funds are distributed by gaming societies (see section above on applying for funding for community groups).

Council Policies

Council has a Class 4 Gambling Policy to:

  • Minimise harm – To minimise the harm to Kāpiti Coast communities caused by problem gambling
  • Reduce the number of gaming machines - The policy sets a maximum number of machines that can be operated within in the Kāpiti Coast District.
  • Ensure supervision - The policy requires gaming machine venues to have a current on-licence with a designation, a club liquor licence, or a permanent club charter under the Sale of Liquor Act 1989.

Council also has a TAB Board Venue Policy to:

  • manage the number and location of TAB Board venues within the District.

View a copy of the Class 4 Gambling Policy and TAB Board Venue Gambling Policy on the Council Policies page here. 

Apply for Gambling Consents

Operating gaming machines outside of casinos is categorised under the Gambling Act 2003, as Class 4 gambling because of the high risk. 

Gambling Act - NZ legislation website

To operate gaming machines in Kāpiti, a Class 4 Venue consent is required from Kāpiti Coast District Council.

This applies to:

  • new gambling venues
  • existing gambling venues that began operations any time after 17 October 2001
  • existing venues that want to increase the number of gaming machines at that venue
  • existing venues that want to start operating gaming machines which were not on the premise's licence within the previous six months.

To open a new stand-alone TAB Board venue (ie, not a 'pub' TAB), a TAB Boad venue consent is required from Council.

Applications for both types of consent are to be made in writing and addressed to:

The District Licensing Agency
Private Bag 60601
Paraparaumu 5254

Written applications are stored on file on a first in, first to be notified basis. Should any existing premises close down and machines become available, the applicant will be notified to submit an official application form with the required application fee.

Applications lodged with council that remain unactioned (due to Class 4 venue or gaming machine capacity restrictions) will be kept until the commencement of the next Gambling Policy Review.  At this time, applicants will be advised to re-lodge their application or allow it to expire.

Apply for a Gaming Licence

Once you have received a gambling consent from Council you must also apply for any gaming licences required by the Department of Internal Affairs.  Refer

Casino and Non-Casino Gaming - Department of Internal Affairs website

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