Local Alcohol Policy (LAP)

The provisional policy  was notified on 1 March 2014 and anyone who submitted on the draft policy will have the opportunity to appeal to the licensing authority if they feel that any part of the provisional policy is unreasonable with the object of the Act.  Appeals must be lodged within 30 days of the policy being notified.

Under section 80(1) of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 only those people  who made a submission on the draft policy (except for the Police and the Medical Officer of Health) can appeal against an element of the provisional LAP.

The only grounds on which an element of the provisional LAP can be appealed against is that it is unreasonable in the light of the object of the Act.

(1)The object of this Act is that—

   (a)      the sale, supply, and consumption of alcohol should be undertaken safely and responsibly; and

   (b)      the harm caused by the excessive or inappropriate consumption of alcohol should be minimised.

(2)   For the purposes of subsection (1), the harm caused by the excessive or inappropriate consumption of alcohol includes—

   (a)      any crime, damage, death, disease, disorderly behaviour, illness, or injury, directly or indirectly caused, or directly or indirectly contributed to, by the excessive or inappropriate consumption of alcohol; and

   (b)      any harm to society generally or the community, directly or indirectly caused, or directly or indirectly contributed to, by any crime, damage, death, disease, disorderly behaviour, illness, or injury of a kind described in paragraph (a). 

If you wish to make an appeal under section 81 of the Act you must do so within 30 days of its public notification. Your appeal must be in writing to the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority, Tribunals Unit, Private Bag 32-001, Featherston Street, Wellington 6146,  and must state;

A copy of the appeal is also to be sent to the Secretary of the Hurunui District Licensing Committee, PO Box 13, Amberley.

If no appeal is made the policy is adopted 30 days after notification. If an appeal is lodged the policy will be adopted once the authority makes its decision.

Once the policy is adopted the maximum trading hours in the policy will be treated as regulations, but these will not apply until 3 months after the policy is adopted. This will give licensees time to advise their staff and the public, and to make any internal changes that may be necessary.

The maximum closing hours in the provisional policy are:

Default maximum hours

After 18 December 2013 the maximum trading hours will be determined by the Act unless a local alcohol policy is in place.

If you have an off-licence you will not be able to trade any later than 11pm and on-licences will not be able to trade before 8am in the morning.