Host responsibility means creating a responsible drinking environment and looking out for your customers while they are on your premises. The Christchurch City Council is serious about host responsibility and keeping customers safe.
If you currently hold an alcohol licence you must have a Host Responsibility Policy and provide regular and ongoing staff training. You must satisfy the Council’s Alcohol Licensing Team, Police, and Medical Officer of Health that you have practical measures in place to prevent problems with intoxication, unruly behaviour and minors.
Alcohol Management plans can also be a useful tool for larger premises.
You should also be familiar with the guidelines around what is considered acceptable or unacceptable advertising, promotions, activities and events involving alcohol.
Licensed premises within the Christchurch District Licensing Committee area must have developed a written Host Responsibility Plan. This plan, often referred to as a house policy, should be made available to all staff and displayed in some form for both customers and staff.
The elements of a host responsibility policy are:
Find more information about being a responsible Host for events on our Special Licence page.
These documents are useful tools for those applying for an on-licence:
The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 creates offences and penalties for certain irresponsible alcohol promotions or activities.
Irresponsible promotions can result in fines and licence suspensions, increase alcohol related harm, and also damage the reputation and prospects of a business.
This guideline is intended to aid understanding of the advertising, promotions (including “happy hours”), activities and events that are likely to be considered acceptable or unacceptable. The determination of an unacceptable promotion or event will always be decided on an individual case by case basis.
New measures to regulate irresponsible alcohol promotions came into force on 18 December 2013. Under the Act it is an offence to do any of the following:
Acceptable promotions must still be suitably monitored, managed and controlled to ensure excessive consumption of alcohol is not encouraged.
Ask yourself: will my promotion make people drink faster or more then they normally would? If the answer is yes, reconsider your promotion.
National Guidance on alcohol promotions can be found on the Health Promotion Agency(external link) website and includes:
Are you planning a raffle, sweepstake, bingo, prize competition, a game of chance, or an instant game like scratch and win, where alcohol is the prize?
All these activities are regulated as Gambling Activities. The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) has the rules for running a gambling activity(external link) fact sheet for these various types of activities and promotions. Any questions about these types of activities should be directed to DIA.
It is illegal to offer alcohol as a prize.
Are you interested in having smokefree outdoor dining? Information can be found at the Fresh Air Project.(external link)
The Christchurch City Council also has a voluntary parks and reserves Smokefree Public Places Policy.