We’re reviewing our Local Alcohol Policy and we want to know what you think.
What we’re proposing
After listening to the concerns of the Police and the Medical Officer of Health we’re proposing the following changes to our LAP with the aim of reducing alcohol related harm in our communities.
- Reducing on-licence hours in the Tauranga City Centre
A reduction in the opening hours of on-licence premises (bars, restaurants) in the Tauranga City Centre with a proposed closing time of 2am instead of 3am.
- A change to the one-way door provisions in the Tauranga City Centre
This is as a result of the proposed reduction in the opening hours of on-licence premises in the Tauranga City Centre. This would mean that the one-way door restriction would start at 1am in the Tauranga City Centre. This is also likely to result in fewer patrons from other areas of the region travelling to the Tauranga City Centre following a closing time of 1am in other locations e.g. The Mount.
Note: a one-way door restriction means that no-one is able to enter a licensed premise after 1am and if patrons leave a licensed premises in the city centre after 1am, they can’t re-enter that premises.
- Adding a club licence section
A new section has been added for club licences (e.g. sports clubs who sell alcohol for consumption on the premises) to provide clarity for the community and applicants (provisions remain the same).
- Tauranga City focused
The policy has been updated to include only matters relating to the geographical area that Tauranga City Council has responsibility for instead of having a joint policy with Western Bay of Plenty District Council.
What is a local alcohol policy?
While many people consume alcohol responsibly, harm caused by the excessive or inappropriate consumption of alcohol can have serious negative impacts on our communities. One way we can minimise this harm is to have a local alcohol policy in place to encourage the responsible sale, supply, and consumption of alcohol in Tauranga.
Our LAP influences:
- opening hours of bars, restaurants and nightclubs
- when alcohol can be sold.
Our current LAP was adopted in 2015 and is due for review to meet the provisions of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. It’s not mandatory for council to have a LAP.
Initial information and feedback from our stakeholders support continuing to have a LAP in place. Some stakeholders have asked for additional, and stronger, measures in the policy to reduce alcohol related harm. Now we want to know what you think.