Local Alcohol Policy

Council's Local Alcohol Policy has been adopted and all elements are now in force.

Council's Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) has been adopted by final decision of the Alcohol and Regulatory Licensing Authority (ARLA). You can read the final policy here - Adopted Local Alcohol Policy.

The policy came into force in two stages in January and April 2016. The following elements in the policy came into force on 1 April 2016:

  • Maximum trading hours for Off Licences: 7am to 9pm.
  • Maximum trading hours for On Licences: 7am to 1am the next day.
  • Maximum trading hours for Club Licences: 7am to 1am the next day.
  • Discretionary condition for On Licences and Special Licences requiring the application of a one-way door restriction after a specified trading hour. This condition may be applied if determined appropriate.

All other elements in the policy came into force earlier on 1 January 2016. This means that our Local Alcohol Policy for the Thames-Coromandel District is now fully operative. 

What is a Local Alcohol Policy?

We've developed a Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) because New Zealand had a new alcohol law, the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, that changed the way alcohol licensing decisions are made. Our communities can now have a greater say on where and when alcohol is available in the Coromandel.

The overall purpose of the law is to better ensure that alcohol is sold, supplied, and consumed safely and responsibly to minimise alcohol-related harm.

Our policy sets out alcohol licensing criteria  for when, where, and how alcohol is sold in the Thames-Coromandel District. It is intended to guide the District Licensing Authority in their decision-making regarding licensing matters in the district, as well as provide a guide for those applying for an alcohol licence in the district.

We've worked through the legislative process to develop our policy. To help us develop our draft policy we sought input from the community and key organisations and industry at various stages of the process. This feedback helped to ensure we developed a policy that would meet the needs of our communities, encourages responsibility in the local alcohol industry, and reflects the Coromandel's characteristics as a popular holiday and event destination. Overall the policy direction is to help minimise alcohol-related harm in our communities.

A number of parties appealed a limited number of provisions in the provisional policy, including the maximum trading hours and several discretionary conditions for off-licences. As a result of a hearing held in early February this year before the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority (ARLA), the Council position on the maximum trading hours for off-licences was upheld (7am to 9pm). You can read the full decision here - ARLA decision.

We worked through the legal process for how the parties deal with the discretionary conditions, and our provisional Local Alcohol Policy was adopted by final decision of ARLA on 2 November 2015. We've now completed the procedural matters to bring the policy into force, and it is now fully operative.

More background information is outlined below on how we developed our policy.


Developing Our Local Alcohol Policy

To inform our draft policy we:

  • gathered information to better understand the situation we have in the Coromandel already and alcohol related issues, including talking with Police, Inspectors, and Medical Officers of Health.
  • undertook a survey to hear your views on alcohol availability in our communities.
  • held industry forums around the peninsula to talk to those involved in the local alcohol industry about the new law and how it could impact business.

Findings of this work are reported in the LAP Research document.

All the information gained helped us develop a draft LAP for our district. We received over 50 submissions and Council heard submissions and deliberated on 02 December 2013. The Council adopted a Provisional LAP on 18 December 2013, which was notified for an appeal process on 17 January 2014. Anyone who submitted on the draft LAP could make an appeal.