“E raka te maui e raka te katau" "A community can use all the skills of its people”
Any local Council in New Zealand can develop a Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) to control the availability of alcohol in their district. Sections 75 – 97 of the Act cover these requirements.
Councils are not required to develop a policy.
Two or more local councils may work together on a joint policy.
A LAP may include any, or all, of the following licensing matters
Each part of a policy is called an element. For example, the proposed trading hours for off-licences would be considered one element of a LAP. It is important that Councils have a separate element for each of the opening and closing hours of premises, to assist with appeals.
The Council must follow the required process for developing its LAP. This means: