Local Alcohol Policy

In early 2013, Porirua City Council decided to develop a Local Alcohol Policy (LAP).

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 allows councils to have a LAP. A LAP is a policy on the licensing of premises for the sale and supply of alcohol.

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 sets out what a LAP may include. An LAP can contain policies on:

  • the location of licensed premises near certain types of facilities e.g. schools
  • the density of licensed premises in the district or in a particular area
  • "one-way door" conditions for licensed premises that would allow customers to leave premises but not enter or re-enter after a certain time
  • discretionary conditions in a licence e.g. who is responsible for cleaning up litter, limits on loudspeakers and outdoor areas after 10pm  
  • maximum trading hours.

Once a LAP is in place, the Council's District Licensing Committee (DLC) and the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority (ARLA) must consider the LAP when making decisions on licence applications or licence renewals.

Completed stages of LAP development

Stage Activity
Supporting Documents Research done before writing draft LAP
Draft LAP Public consultation 9 June 2014-25 July 2014.  Hearing 21 August 2014.
Provisional LAP (PLAP) Adopted by Council 10 December 2014.  Public consultation 16 December 2014-15 January 2015.  Five appeals were received.
Discussions The Council met with the organisations who made appeals on the PLAP.
ARLA Hearing ARLA ordered the Council to reconsider two parts of the LAP on 11 December 2015. These parts are:
(1) proximity to sensitive sites (eg schools) of premises selling/supplying alcohol;
(2) discretionary conditions for off-licences regarding product advertising and litter removal.
Amended PLAP Changes were made to the two parts of the PLAP noted above.  The Council voted to accept these changes on 25 May 2016.

You can view the amended PLAP, showing the changes made. (The changes are on pages 5-7 in blue text.  The previous wording is shown as being crossed out).

Next Steps

Anyone who made a submission on the draft LAP on the two parts that have changed can appeal to ARLA under section 81 of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. 

The Council will then re-submit the amended PLAP to ARLA.

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