Class 4 Gambling and TAB Venues
On 11 April 2019, Kapiti Coast District Council adopted the Class 4 Gambling Policy 2019 and the TAB Venue Gambling Policy 2019.
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.
Council is responsible for setting policies around the numbers and locations of Class 4 gaming machines ('pokies') and TAB venues in the District. Council is also responsible for granting gambling consents, but Council is not involved in deciding how community funds are distributed by gaming societies (see the section below on applying for funding for community groups).
Apply for Gambling Consents
Operating gaming machines outside of casinos is categorised under the Gambling Act 2003 as Class 4 gambling. To operate gaming machines in the Kāpiti Coast District, a Class 4 consent is required from Council. This applies to:
- new gambling venues;
- existing venues that want to increase the number of gaming machines at that venue; and
- existing venues that want to start operating gaming machines which were not on the premises' licence within the previous six months.
Click here for a Class 4 consent application.
Meanwhile, in accordance with the Racing Act 2003, a TAB venue consent is required from Council to open a new stand-alone TAB venue (i.e., not a Pub TAB).
For a TAB venue consent application or more information on any gambling consent application, please contact:
Team Leader, Environmental Health, Compliance & Licensing
Private Bag 60 601
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 (DIA). More information can be found on the DIA website at: Casino and Non-Casino Gaming.
Apply for Funding for Community Groups
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 DIA webpage on Funding-For-Community-Groups.