Council adopted the new Alcohol Control Bylaw on 18 September 2018. Council supported the changes proposed in the draft bylaw that went out for public consultation, to retain all but two current alcohol-free areas and extend some others. Council also agreed to include an additional alcohol-free area at Waiariki Street, based on community feedback. The new bylaw takes effect from 19 November 2018.
Tauranga City Council bylaws
Bylaws help protect the public from nuisance, maintain public health and safety, and minimise the potential for offensive behaviour in public places. We are currently reviewing the bylaw that governs the consumption of alcohol in public places.
Have your say by 5pm on Wednesday, 18 July 2018
Draft alcohol control bylaw 2018 (4.5mb pdf) Statement of proposal (10kb pdf)
This is a formal consultation. Hearing of submissions will take place on 14 August 2018. We’ll use your feedback to propose a final revised bylaw for adoption by Council by the end of the year.
If you have any questions please contact the strategic policy and planning team on 07 577 7000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What does an alcohol control bylaw do?
Tauranga’s current Liquor-Free and Vehicle-Free Zones in Public Places Bylaw 2013 sets out areas where the consumption of alcohol is prohibited in public places. Alcohol bans are a tool to help reduce alcohol-related disorder and crime. The current bylaw will expire in December and the legislation it is set under has changed, so we’re reviewing our bylaw now.
The bylaw sets out permanent alcohol-free areas (valid year-round) and alcohol-free areas valid for the New Year period from 26 December to 6 January each year. Most bans apply 24 hours a day, seven days a week, except for a few areas in Papamoa where they apply from 9pm to 7am, seven days a week. The bylaw also allows us to implement temporary alcohol bans for specific time periods or events.
See maps in the draft bylaw (10kb pdf)
To set alcohol-free areas, we must have evidence of alcohol-related crime and disorder in the area. To review the bylaw, we have collected evidence from legacy files, customer complaints, CCTV incident logs (where available), community feedback and data from the New Zealand Police.
Using this evidence we have worked with the Police to assess the existing alcohol-free areas and the need for any new areas. We’re proposing to retain all but two current alcohol-free areas, and to extend some others.
Proposed changes, and why we want to make them
Proposed change: Remove the alcohol-free areas at Fourth Avenue and Gordon Spratt Reserve.
Why: Historically there is no evidence of alcohol-related crime or disorder happening at these sites and recent Police data does not show any offending in these areas.
Proposed change: Extend the permanent Tauranga city centre alcohol-free area to include the streets west of Cameron Road (all of Hamilton Street and Elizabeth Street and the streets in between).
Why: Police data shows evidence of crime and disorder in this area. Community engagement in early 2018 also showed this is an area of concern for Tauranga residents.
Proposed change: Extend the permanent alcohol-free area times along Domain Road and Gravatt Road from 9pm-7am to 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Why: Data from the Police show that crime and disorder is highly concentrated along these two roads and therefore supports a 24 hour, 7 days a week ban in this area.
Proposed change: Extend the New Year period alcohol-free areas at Mount Maunganui, south to Hull Road and Tweed Street.
Why: This extension has been implemented as a temporary ban over the past two years, to enable Police to limit alcohol harm and manage public disorder during the holiday period. Extending it in the bylaw will mean this will apply automatically every year.
Proposed change: Make all the New Year period alcohol-free areas at Papamoa apply 24 hours, seven days a week.
Why: The current bylaw sets a 9pm-7am alcohol ban for all beaches, reserves and public places on the seaward side of Papamoa Beach Road and parts of Domain Road and Gravatt Road. A section of this total area becomes a 24-hour ban during the New Year period. Making all areas follow a 24-hour ban will simplify the rules and help reduce alcohol-related crime and disorder over the holiday period.
We’re also proposing to remove the vehicle-free zones from the bylaw. These zones can be addressed through the Local Government Act 1974 and the Traffic and Parking Bylaw 2013, so there is no need to include them in this bylaw. We have renamed the draft bylaw accordingly.