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Draft Local Alcohol Policy

Local Alcohol Policy changes

Council has approved a new Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) that will come into effect on 8 July 2024.

While many people consume alcohol responsibly, harm caused by the excessive or inappropriate consumption of alcohol impacts our communities. A LAP is one way of helping to reduce alcohol harm in our community.

Changes that come into effect on 8 July 2024

The following changes to the current LAP will take effect on 8 July 2024:

  • no new bottle stores in areas where the deprivation index is 9 or 10
  • a change to the closing time for on-licensed premises in the city centre to 2am, instead of the current 3am closing time.
  • a range of discretionary conditions that can be applied to off-licensed premises.

These changes aim to reduce alcohol related harm.


We developed a draft LAP in 2021, which was open for consultation from November to December 2021. After considering feedback from submitters, Council made some changes to the draft policy. As some of these changes were not considered in the initial draft LAP, further public consultation was undertaken in August to September 2022. Submitters who wanted to speak to their submissions were heard in November 2022.

Following, these hearings, Council decided to wait until there was greater certainty on the Government’s proposed new Sale and Supply of Alcohol legislation before making their decisions. The Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Community Participation) Amendment Act 2023 came into effect on 31 August 2023.

The Strategy, Finance and Risk Committee then met on 30 October 2023 and after considering all the feedback agreed on some changes which were to come into effect for everyone on 12 February 2024.

However, after receiving several requests to discuss the impacts of these changes, the Committee paused the process to allow more time to talk with people and to better understand the implications of the proposed changes.

Following these conversations, the Committee met and agreed on the changes outlined above.

Research report

We prepared a research report to gather information to inform the development of the draft LAP.

The report provides a range of information including information on current licences, community and demographic information, information on alcohol related problems. You can read the report below.

Local Alcohol Policy Background Report 2021 (2mb pdf)


A LAP is a set of decisions made by a local authority in consultation with its community about the sale and supply of alcohol locally.

The aim of the LAP is to reduce alcohol-related harm in the community.

Our current LAP influences:

  • opening hours of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs
  • when alcohol can be sold.

If we don’t have a LAP in place, we fall under the default maximum trading hours for on-licensed premises which are 8am to 4am the following day.

Having a LAP in place informs the District Licensing Committee (the Committee that decides on licensing applications and renewals) on the community’s views on the sale of alcohol.

The LAP is also a tool that helps us work towards our community outcome of having ‘An inclusive city’; where people feel safe in their homes, neighbourhoods, and public places.

We have used the NZ Index of Deprivation (NZDep) to identify areas where no new licenses for bottle stores can be issued.

The NZDep is a measure of socio-economic deprivation. It is based on nine census variables including access to the internet at home, income, qualifications and employment.

No new bottle stores can be established in the following suburbs with an index value of 9 or 10

Deprivation Index Score

10 - Yatton Park
10 - Baypark-Kairua
9 - Greerton South
9 - Gate Pa
9 - Tauranga Hospital

Discretionary conditions can be included in an LAP. The inclusion of discretionary conditions does not mean that these conditions are required to be part of each licence. The District Licencing Committee (DLC) may decide to impose any discretionary conditions set out in the LAP or any other condition it considers appropriate.

Including discretionary conditions proposed by submitters in the revised draft LAP informs the DLC on what the community would like considered when making licensing decisions. It also provides some guidance to applicants regarding the nature and scope of potential discretionary conditions.

Council has included the following discretionary conditions in the LAP:

  • signs detailing statutory restrictions on the sale of alcohol to minors and intoxicated persons adjacent to every point of sale
  • maintenance of an alcohol-related incidents book
  • installation and operation of CCTV cameras on the exterior of, and within, premises
  • provision of effective exterior lighting
  • restrictions on single sales
  • no single sales of shots or premixed shots restrictions on single sale
  • restrictions on the display of RTDs at principal entrance to the store or within 3 meters of the front window
  • restrictions on the display of product or price specials.

Key information

Project type
Health and wellbeing



Key dates

  • Open for feedback

    16 August
  • Feedback closes

    16 September
  • Hearings (chance to speak to your submission)

    November 2022
  • Consideration of submissions by the Committee

    30 October 2023
  • Changes to LAP discontinued

    4 December 2023
  • Date the new LAP takes effect

    12 February 2024
  • Reconsideration of LAP

    25 March 2024
  • New LAP takes effect

    8 July 2024

Who's listening

Community Relations Team
Tauranga City Council 
07 577 7000

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