Coromandel's alcohol rules have been adopted 17 December 2015 Council's policy on where and when alcohol is sold around the Coromandel has been adopted and comes into force in two stages in January and April 2016. 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. At its meeting on 9 December 2015 Council resolved that the Local Alcohol Policy, excluding maximum trading hours in clauses 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3, will come into force on 1 January 2016. Council resolved that maximum trading hours in clauses 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3 will come into force on 1 April 2016. You can read the full background and research information here. 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. To develop our policy, we worked through the legislative process and sought input from the community, key organisations and industry at various stages of the process. This included talking with Police, Inspectors, and Medical Officers of Health, undertaking a survey to hear your views on alcohol availability in our communities, and holding industry forums around the Coromandel Peninsula to talk to those involved in the local alcohol industry about the new law and how it could impact business. You can read the findings of our research here. 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. 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.