The Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) will give Christchurch people greater influence over when, where and how alcohol is sold in the city.
The Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority (ARLA) will hear appeals to the Council’s amended provisional LAP. A hearing date is yet to be set by ARLA.
On 29 September 2016, the Council reconsidered elements of the provisional LAP and agreed to make some changes. The Council is proposing:
The Council is proposing some other changes to the provisional LAP, which are shown in the amended provisional LAP. A separate table explains the proposed changes and the reasons for them.
Table of changes to the PLAP [PDF 25KB]
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The District Licensing Committee can impose a range of discretionary conditions such as:
Submitters to the draft Local Alcohol Policy in 2013 can now apply to ARLA to appear at the hearing and give evidence as an interested party on one or more of the elements of the provisional LAP that are being changed.
To find out about this process, contact ARLA by phone on 04 462 6660, email ARLA@justice.govt.nz or by post at:
Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority
Private Bag 32 001
A copy of your application must be sent to Christchurch City Council by emailing email@example.com
The provisional LAP, enabled by the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, aims to minimise alcohol related harm in the city and ensure the sale, supply and consumption of alcohol is undertaken safely and responsibly.
A draft LAP was developed in 2013, following discussions with Police, Medical Officer of Health, licensing inspectors, Community Boards, health groups and hospitality representatives. The Council also conducted a community survey, asecond survey targeting youth and carried out other research.
Using the special consultative procedure, the Council received 4,060 submissions on what it proposed in the draft LAP.
The LAP was publicly notified in mid-2015, with submitters able to lodge appeals to ARLA. Following resolution of any appeals, the Council will be able to adopt its LAP for the district.
The Local Alcohol Policy Hearings Committee Report 2013 [PDF 208KB] contains an outline of the Council's reasons for the provisions in the provisional LAP.