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Revised draft Local Alcohol Policy

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We’re reviewing Tauranga’s Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) and we want to know what you think about the changes we’re proposing that may affect when and where you can buy alcohol.

While many people consume alcohol responsibly, harm caused by the excessive or inappropriate consumption of alcohol impacts our communities. A LAP is one way of helping to reduce alcohol harm in our community.

Current situation

Last year we developed a draft LAP, which was open for public consultation between 17 November and 20 December 2021.

After considering the submissions (in June 2022), Council decided to revise the draft policy and carry out further community consultation in response to the issues raised by submitters.

All LAPs are required to be updated every six years to meet the provisions of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.

What we’re proposing now

The key changes included in the revised draft LAP, following the 2021 consultation, are:

  • changing the final alcohol sales time to 3am from the proposed 2am for all on-licensed premises (such as bars and nightclubs) in the central city;
  • removing the one-way door provision (allowing patrons to leave licensed premises but not enter or re-enter during specified times);
  • changing the opening sales time to 10am instead of 7am for all off-licensed premises (such as bottle stores and supermarkets); 
  • no new on-licensed premises to be established in industrial zoned areas;
  • no new licences issued for bottle stores located within suburbs where alcohol is likely to have greater impact on the community; and
  • introducing a range of discretionary conditions for all off-licensed premises.

The proposed changes to the revised draft LAP aim to reduce alcohol related harm.

Here’s how the proposed policy has changed throughout the LAP consultation process.

Current policy First proposed changes
(draft LAP)
Revised proposed changes
(revised draft LAP)
One way door entry from 2am One way door entry from 1am No one-way door policy
Off-licences can sell alcohol from 7am Off-licences can sell alcohol from 7am Off-licences can sell alcohol from 10am
No location restrictions for on-licensed premises No location restrictions for on-licensed premises No new on-licensed premises to be established in areas zoned industrial
No location restrictions for off-licensed premises No location restrictions for off-licensed premises No new bottle stores to be established in areas with a deprivation index of 7 or more
3am final alcohol sales time for on-licence in the city centre  2am final alcohol sales time for on-licence in the city centre  No change proposed (final alcohol sales time for on-licences in the city centre proposed to remain at 3am)
No discretionary conditions included for off-licensed premises No discretionary conditions included for off-licensed premises A range of discretionary conditions included for off-licensed premises

Research report

Council prepared a research report to gather information to inform the development of the draft LAP. 

The report provides a range of information including information on current licences, community and demographic information, information on alcohol related problems. You can read the report below.

Local Alcohol Policy Background Report 2021 (2mb pdf)

Next steps

Following consultation, there are still more steps to go through before a policy is approved and implemented. This includes:

  • After feedback has closed, hearings will be held before submissions are considered by the Committee. 
  • Once a provisional policy is in place, there is opportunity for anybody who previously submitted to appeal the policy.

Frequently asked questions

A LAP is a set of decisions made by a local authority in consultation with its community about the sale and supply of alcohol locally.

The aim of the LAP is to reduce alcohol-related harm in the community.

Our current LAP influences:

  • opening hours of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs
  • when alcohol can be sold.

If we don’t have a LAP in place, we fall under the default maximum trading hours for an on-licensed premises which are 8am to 4am the following day.

Having a LAP in place informs the District Licensing Committee (the Committee that decides on licensing applications and renewals) on the community’s views on the sale of alcohol.

The LAP is also a tool that helps us work towards our community outcome of having ‘An inclusive city’; where people feel safe in their homes, neighbourhoods, and public places.

Council consulted on the draft LAP in late 2021, and following the feedback from this consultation, has made some changes to the draft policy.

As these changes were not considered in the original draft policy, further consultation is being carried out so the community can provide feedback on these changes.

We have used the NZ Index of Deprivation (NZDep) to identify areas where no new licenses for bottle stores can be issued.

The NZDep is a measure of socio-economic deprivation. It is based on nine census variables including access to the internet at home, income, qualifications and employment.

We are proposing that no new bottle stores can be established in the following suburbs with an index value of 7 or more.

Deprivation Index Score

10 - Yatton Park
10 - Baypark-Kairua
9 - Greerton South
9 - Gate Pa
9 - Tauranga Hospital
7 - Hairini
7 - Welcome Bay East
7 - Tauranga South
7 - Te Reti
7 - Pāpāmoa Beach North
7 - Brookfield West
7 - Arataki South
7 - Tauranga Central
7 - Mount Maunganui Central

 

The range of discretionary conditions for all off-licensed premises under Tauranga City Council’s proposed changes to the Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) include:

  • signs detailing statutory restrictions on the sale of alcohol to minors and intoxicated persons adjacent to every point of sale;
  • the maintenance of an alcohol-related incidents book;
  • the installation and operation of CCTV cameras on the exterior of, and within, premises;
  • provision of effective exterior lighting;
  • no single sales of beer or ready to drink spirits (RTDs) in bottles, cans or containers of less than 440mls in volume may occur except for craft beer;
  • no single sales of shots or premixed shots;
  • restrictions on sales based on the type of product and/or its price;
  • restrictions on the display of RTDs at the principal entrance to the store or within three metres of the front window; and
  • restrictions on the display of product or price specials.

Closed

Survey has closed

Consultation closed 5pm, Friday 16 September 2022.

Timeline

  • Open for feedback

    16 August
  • Feedback closes

    16 September
  • Hearings (chance to speak to your submission)

    November 2022
  • Consideration of submissions by the Committee

    December 2022

Closed

Survey has closed

Consultation closed 5pm, Friday 16 September 2022.

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