We're responsible for setting policies around the numbers and locations of Class 4 gaming machines ('pokies') and TAB venues in the District, and for granting gambling consents. We're not involved in deciding how community funds are distributed by gaming societies; see Funding for community groups for more information.
The Class 4 Gambling Policy seeks to manage the growth and social impact of Class 4 gambling in the Kāpiti Coast District, while the TAB Venue Gambling Policy manages the number and location of stand-alone TAB venues, which are owned or leased by the New Zealand Racing Board.
Operating gaming machines outside of casinos falls under the Gambling Act 2003 as Class 4 gambling. To operate gaming machines in the Kāpiti Coast District, you must obtain a Class 4 consent from us. This applies to:
- new gambling venues
- existing venues wanting to increase the number of gaming machines at the venue
- existing venues wanting to start operating gaming machines that were not on the premises' licence in the previous six months.
You'll need to download an Application for Class 4 gaming[PDF 234 KB] form to apply for a Class 4 consent.
TAB venue consent
Under the Racing Act 2003, you'll need a TAB venue consent from us to open a new stand-alone TAB venue (ie, not a pub TAB).
For a TAB venue consent application, or more information on any gambling consent application, contact the Team Leader, Environmental Health, Compliance & Licensing.
Once you've been granted a gambling consent from Council, you'll also need apply for any gaming licences required by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA). See the Department of Internal Affairs' Casino and non-casino gaming web page for more information.
Gaming machine societies distribute grants to community groups. For information on how to apply for funding and for contact addresses of societies, see Funding for community groups on the Department of Internal Affairs' website.