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Draft local alcohol policy

We're drafting a new policy designed to reduce alcohol-related harm and keep our city safe.

We’re proposing to change the maximum trading hours for alcohol licensees around the city, which means that businesses will be closing slightly earlier. Most premises wouldn’t lose more than an hour of trading each day.

The idea is to discourage “pre-loading” and encourage patrons to head to licensed venues earlier to take advantage of trading hours.

We also looked at introducing other restrictions, such as where licensed premises could be located, but we don’t believe there’s enough evidence to make those changes right now.

Download the consultation documents and research report

The consultation document provides details about the specific changes we’re proposing, and the reasons for those changes. The research report includes all the information and evidence we were able to find, which we think is relevant to the draft policy.

What happens next?

Written submissions closed at 4pm on Friday 13 December. There will be an opportunity to make oral submissions at the hearings, which are likely to be in February or March 2020. At the end of the consultation process, the Council will decide on whether to pass the draft policy. Afterwards, there will be an opportunity to lodge an appeal against Council’s decision. However, this will only be available to those people who have made a formal, written submission to Council.