Local Alcohol Policies

Local Councils have the ability to develop their own Local Alcohol Policies. These policies can help control the number of outlets, where they are located, as well as their trading hours.

This section helps you to have your say during public consultation on a Local Alcohol Policy. In areas where there is no policy being developed, this section encourages you to contact your Council so that they develop one.

Our 2012 liquor laws gave each of the 67 local Councils in New Zealand the ability to develop a Local Alcohol Policy. 

They are not mandatory; many Councils have not yet progressed to developing a policy. These policies can specify the location, density and trading hours of premises, as well as the types of discretionary conditions which can be added to a licence.

Local Alcohol Policies offer a significant opportunity to reduce alcohol-related harm in your community.



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