25 August 2016

New alcohol policy comes into effect

The Gore District Council’s new Combined Licensing Alcohol Policy (LAP), which affects the way alcohol is sold and supplied in the district, partially comes into effect on Tuesday (August 30).

GDC Licensing Inspector Frances Shepherd said the LAP allows for local views around alcohol to be considered. It is a combined policy between the GDC, and Southland District and Invercargill City Councils.

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 brought in LAPs. Southern councils chose to implement one because it added further community input about where alcohol can be sold, and the manner in which alcohol is sold, Mrs Shepherd said.

There are three provisions in the Policy. Two come into effect next Tuesday and a third is effective from 7 December.

The first two provisions relate to the location of licensed facilities near sensitive premises (such as schools, childcare facilities, religious organisations), and the discretionary conditions a District Licensing Committee may impose on licence applications. This includes on-licences, off-licences, club licences (e.g. sporting clubs), and special licences (events).

The third affects the trading hours of licensed facilities. In Gore this limits on-licences (Class 2 and Class 3 restaurants), including BYO restaurants, to the hours between 8.00am and 1.00am on any day of the week. 

The LAP is the culmination of a lengthy process that began in 2013 when a focus group was formed to draft the policy. Public consultation early the following year resulted in 585 submissions. The provisional local alcohol policy was adopted in September 2014 and the final policy was approved by the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority in May this year. It was then adopted by the three councils.

Mrs Shepherd said if people were unsure of the requirements they should contact the Council, phone 209 0330. There was also information on the Council’s Alcohol Licensing page.

Gore District Council 29 Bowler Avenue Gore P: 03 209 0330 E: