Local Alcohol Policy (draft) 2023
Hurunui District Council is consulting on its draft Local Alcohol Policy (LAP). A LAP is a set of decisions made by Council in consultation with the community about the sale and supply of alcohol in the Hurunui District.
The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 (the Act) aims to improve New Zealand’s drinking culture and reduce the harm caused by excessive drinking.
Key features of the Act include:
- Increasing the ability of communities to have a say about alcohol licensing in their local area • allowing local-level decision-making for all licence applications • requiring the consent of a parent or guardian before supplying alcohol to a minor • requiring anyone who supplies alcohol to under 18-year-olds to do so responsibly • strengthening the rules around the types of stores allowed to sell alcohol • introducing maximum default trading hours for licensed premises • restricting supermarket and grocery store alcohol displays to a single area.
LAPs have legal standing under the Act. This means that licensing bodies, such as the District Licensing Committee (DLC) and The Alcohol and Regulatory Licensing Authority (ARLA), must consider it when they make decisions about alcohol licensing applications.
The Council has a role in alcohol licensing by way of the LAP, through administration of the DLC and through its regulatory and enforcement roles.
Why is the council proposing a draft LAP?
The current LAP came into effect in 2017 and is now due for review. This review meets the Council’s statutory role under the Act. It also allows the Council and communities to set outcomes and have influence on alcohol licensing decisions in the Hurunui district for the next six years.