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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.

Come along to our drop-in sessions

Ask us questions and discuss the draft policy – check out the dates and locations below. Alternatively, if these dates don’t work for you, let us know and we'll try and find another way to meet with you.

  • Tuesday 29 October, 4 to 6pm at Ashhurst Library
  • Thursday 31 October, 4 to 6pm at Central Library 

What happens next?

After we’ve received written submissions, there will be an opportunity to make oral submissions. We will likely be holding these hearings 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.