• If alcohol consumption is causing a problem in a public place it is the Police and your local Council who are generally responsible for responding. In order for them to take action they will require information about the problems. 
  • To address concern about disorderly behaviour and criminal offending linked to the consumption of alcohol in public places Councils can develop Alcohol Control bylaws (also known as liquor bans or alcohol-free zones). These specify the time and day when the consumption and possession of alcohol is prohibited. For the legislation relevant to these bylaws please click here.
  • These bylaws may be permanent (until the bylaw is reviewed) or temporary (to cover an event or particular time period).
    • For example, an Alcohol Ban may cover a town centre, a park or public reserve, or a car park, and can be 24/7 or for certain times of day/night.  A ban can also be put in place for a special event like a concert or other public event such as sport/game.
  • It is necessary for the Council to consult with its residents when creating such a bylaw.
  • The Police are the agency with the authority to enforce alcohol bans. They are given powers of arrest, search and seizure in relation to breaches of alcohol bans.
  • Breaches are dealt with by way of infringement notices – i.e. a fine of $250.  This generally means that issues can be dealt with promptly.  However, if there are other matters of concern to the Police other responses may be pursued. For more information on Police powers in relation to alcohol bans, please click here.
  • The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 also addresses the consumption of alcohol in public places. The Act makes is an offence for those under 18 years (unaccompanied by their legal parent or guardian) to consume alcohol in a public place, please visit the Police website for more information. This offence is subject to a $200 fine.
  • It is also possible to take community action to create spaces alcohol-free without using an Alcohol Control Bylaw. The owners of the spaces can be asked that no alcohol is brought into or consumed in the space.