About the Local Alcohol Policy...


The LAP encourages the responsible sale, supply and consumption of alcohol and focuses on reducing alcohol related harm.

The LAP can only deal with matters relating to licensing; the current LAP contains the following types of licensing policies:

  • Variations on the maximum trading hours set in the Act for on-licences and for off-licences;
  • One-way door conditions for premises holding on-licences;
  • Various discretionary conditions for on-licences, off-licences, club licences and special licences.

Proposed changes to the policy

Section 2.1 Definitions

“Child focussed events” are events where the focus of the event is on children and young persons (under the age of 18) and activities for them – including where the safety, welfare and wellbeing of those children and young persons are paramount.

Section 4.4 Special Licences

Section 4.4.5 Child-focused events

No licence will be issued for child-focussed events in order to support a safe physical and emotional environment for children and young people (under the age of 18 years).

This reinforces school health education messages about alcohol not being needed to have fun and reinforces parenting strategies to reduce adolescent alcohol use.

Such events include, but are not limited to the following: school sports days, gala/fair days, district/regional/national sports events.

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