The Council does not currently have a Local Alcohol Policy.

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 allows Councils to develop a Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) to guide local licencing decisions – that is where and when alcohol may be sold.

The Council began a process to develop a Local Alcohol Policy in 2013, but in later decided to discontinue that policy and to not pursue developing a new one. There were a number of reasons for this decision, but one in particular was because of the challenging legislative process Council must go through to develop a LAP. The process makes it difficult for the voice of the community to continue to be heard through the appeals because of the wide grounds on which a policy can be appealed, and the ability of appellants to endlessly challenge the provisional policy.

The Council has been advocating for legislative change so that Local Alcohol Policies can more accurately reflect local community views and preferences.

Without a Local Alcohol Policy in place, this means that the default provisions (e.g. maximum trading hours) under the Sale and Supply of Act currently apply in Christchurch.

You can read more about Local Alcohol Policies on the justice.govt.nz website(external link).

Council can decide to re-consider the development of a Local Alcohol Policy at any time.