Developing a local alcohol policy for Kāpiti
We’re looking at how we can reduce alcohol-related harm in Kāpiti.
While most people drink responsibly, the negative impacts from drinking, including binge drinking, public intoxication and addiction, have long been a concern in the community. Injury, family violence, long-term health issues, road death, crime and foetal alcohol syndrome are some of the harms caused by alcohol.
Council is working with Health and Police to see if better control of alcohol sale and supply could improve our communities’ wellbeing. One way we can support this kaupapa (initiative) is through a local alcohol policy.
A local alcohol policy is a set of decisions made by a council in consultation with their community that the local licensing committee must apply. These policies are supported by the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, and cover particular aspects of licensing decisions for sale and supply of alcohol in that area.
If a local alcohol policy is in place, the licensing body (in Kāpiti, the District Licensing Committee) must consider that policy when making decisions about applications for an alcohol licence.
Local alcohol policies can:
- limit where club, on-, and off-licensed premises can operate in an area, or how close they can be to facilities like schools
- limit the number of new club, on-, or off-licences that can be issued in a particular area
- restrict or extend the maximum trading hours set in the Act
- recommend discretionary conditions on licences or groups of licences, and/or impose ‘one-way door’ restrictions, so patrons can’t enter or re-enter a premises after a particular time
- set different rules for different areas in the district.
Investigating and developing a local alcohol policy takes a number of steps, and it can take several years to draft a provisional policy. The provisional policy then goes through an appeals process, which can extend the time before the policy can be formally adopted.
Right now we’re planning, setting up a project team and looking at the evidence; we’ll be asking the community for their input soon.
If Council decides to proceed with a local alcohol policy for Kāpiti we'll consult with the community on a draft version. If this happens, we expect that process to begin in the first half of 2022.
If you have any questions, email the Policy team at [email protected].
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We'll be following these phases in this process. Note that after research and consultation we may determine an LAP is not required, in which case the final phases will not be needed.
|Second half of 2021||Research
Research and community engagement on local alcohol use and harm.
Develop draft with Police, licensing inspectors and medical officers of health.
Consult the community. Prepare provisional LAP based on feedback.
Adopt provisional LAP. Can be appealed from 30 days after adoption.
LAP is final 0 days after publicly notified, or after any appeals are resolved.