Rotorua District Alcohol Ban Bylaw 2018

Rotorua District Alcohol Ban Bylaw 2018

The Public Places Liquor Control Bylaw 2009 expires in 2018 and must be replaced.

The Council can make bylaws to control the consumption, bringing into and possession of alcohol in public places to reduce alcohol related harm under the Local Government Act 2002. These include:

  • Extending the definition of “public place” to include land generally open to the public (but excluding licensed premises) from the previous definition which covered only land that was owned or controlled by the council (and so excluded areas such as private car parks, schools and reserves managed by trusts)
  • Providing that an alcohol ban does

The Public Places Liquor Control Bylaw 2009 expires in 2018 and must be replaced.

The Council can make bylaws to control the consumption, bringing into and possession of alcohol in public places to reduce alcohol related harm under the Local Government Act 2002. These include:

  • Extending the definition of “public place” to include land generally open to the public (but excluding licensed premises) from the previous definition which covered only land that was owned or controlled by the council (and so excluded areas such as private car parks, schools and reserves managed by trusts)
  • Providing that an alcohol ban does not apply to alcohol in an unopened container being transported through a public place (such as from a bottle store to a car);
  • The requirement that council be satisfied that:
  • the bylaw can be justified as a reasonable limitation on people’s rights and freedoms; and
  • a high level of crime or disorder (being crime or disorder caused or made worse by alcohol consumption in the area concerned) is likely to arise in the area to which the bylaw is intended to apply if the bylaw is not made; and that
  • the bylaw is appropriate and proportionate in light of the crime or disorder;
  • The ability for the police to issue an infringement fine ($250) for alcohol ban breaches as well as the power of arrest.

Council proposes making an Alcohol Ban Bylaw that prohibits the consumption of alcohol and restricts the possession and transport of alcohol in some public places within the Rotorua district (called Alcohol Ban Areas). Council proposes to retain all the liquor ban areas made under the Public Places Liquor Control Bylaw 2009 as Alcohol Ban Areas and for these to remain 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

We'd love to hear your thoughts about the proposed changes to the plan

How can I have my say:

Submission on the Rotorua District Alcohol Ban Bylaw 2018

Submissions on the Bylaw are available to the public and the media. This includes your name/organisation (contact details will remain private). 

All submissions will be acknowledged. 

Submitters who wish to speak to their submission will be advised of the Council meeting date following the closure of submissions. 

The submission period runs from 30 August 2018 until 10 October 2018

CLOSED: The submission period has now closed. Stay tuned to this page for further updates.