Local Alcohol Policy Adopted

Update April 2017

The revised provisional Local Alcohol Policy (pLAP) was resubmitted to the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority (ARLA) on 19 December 2016 together with a joint memorandum signed by all parties to the original appeals confirming that they agree with the revised PLAP.

ARLA’s decision confirming that the pLAP is not unreasonable and that all appeals have been resolved was received by the Council on 9 February 2017.

Section 87 of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 provides that when a pLAP is resubmitted to and approved by ARLA the resubmitted policy is adopted when ARLA makes its decision.

Public notice of the adoption of the policy was made on 4 April 2017.

The adopted Local Alcohol Policy [PDF, 116 KB] (apart from the provisions relating to maximum trading hours which effect licensed premises), comes into force on 24 April 2017.

The provisions of the policy relating to the maximum trading hours for licensed premises come into force on 31 July 2017.

Update April 2016

The revised pLAP [PDF, 55 KB] will be formally notified and submitted to the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority (ARLA) on Tuesday 5 April 2016.   All submitters and parties to the original appeal proceedings have been informed and will have 30 days to appeal the resubmitted elements of the revised pLAP to ARLA at www.justice.govt.nz

Please contact John Christensen or Selwyn.LAP@selwyn.govt.nz if you have any questions.

Update March 2016

The Council has adopted amendments to its Provisional Local Alcohol Policy at its meeting on Wednesday 9 March. Amendments were made following consultation in 2015 on changes to policies relating to maximum trading hours for on-licences and the location of off-licensed premises. Under the amended provisions, the maximum hours provided for restaurants and cafés are 7am to 1am the following day, and the maximum hours for taverns are 7am to 2am the following day, seven days a week.

The amended policy provides that new standalone bottle stores are only allowed to locate in Business Zones or Neighbourhood and Local Centres as identified in the District Plan. The amended policy provisions will now be resubmitted to the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority.

Read the Council Report for greater detail.

Update January 2016

Seven submissions were received, from the Police, Hospitality New Zealand, Medical Officer of Health the Rolleston Residents Association and members of the community. The Police and Medical Officer of Health continue to support a 1am closing time for all on-licences and did not provide comment on Policy 3 to limit stand-alone bottle stores to business zones. Hospitality New Zealand supports the 2am closing and did not provide comment on Policy 3. The Rolleston Residents Association lodged two submissions supporting the proposed changes to Policy 1.1 with the addition of a “1am one-way door” policy along with a definition of “one-way door”. The Association also suggests that the policy be reviewed in 5 years. The Association did not oppose proposed Policy 3. Two submissions were received from members of the public. Although both submitters supported the proposed changes, both made additional comments regarding the need to ensure licensed venues are well managed and in appropriate places. One submitter also supported a 1am one way door policy for on-licences if they were to close at 2am. The revised policies will be presented at a Council meeting in February for adoption.

Update November 2015

Submissions closed 5pm Friday 20 November 2015

Update October 2015

The Council is now seeking feedback from the appellants, s205 parties (Police and Medical Officer of Health), submitters and members of the public on only the two sections of the provisional Local Alcohol Policy which the council has been told to reconsider following an appeal to the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority. The Consultation Document with Submission Form [PDF, 304 KB] provides background information on how the Council developed the Local Alcohol Policy, why it seeks to revise two policies in the document and some recommended options.

The Council Report [PDF, 270 KB] provides further detail.

The information provided in this consultation document is also available online at www.selwyn.govt.nz/haveyoursay.

The consultation period ran from Tuesday 20 October to 5pm Friday 20 November 2015 .

Reconsidering the provisional Local Alcohol Policy (pLAP)

Update June 2015

At the appeal hearings held on 18 May 2015, the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority (ARLA) asked the Council to reconsider Policies 1.1 (maximum trading hours for on-licences) and Policy 3 (location of licensed premises). The appeals against all other parts of the provisional LAP (pLAP) were either withdrawn or dismissed. The Council will seek feedback from the appellants, Police, Medical Officer of Health, submitters and members of the public before it makes any changes to Policy 1.1 and Policy 3. Consultation is planned to take place in mid-August 2015 and notices will be placed in the local papers and on the Council's website.

Appeals to provisional Local Alcohol Policy (pLAP)

27 February 2014

The Council’s provisional LAP [PDF, 46 KB] has been appealed by:

  • Foodstuffs South Island Limited
  • The Mill Retail Holdings and Independent Liquor Ltd
  • Progressive Enterprises
  • Lincoln Golf Club
  • Hospitality Association of New Zealand
  • Super Liquor Holdings Limited

The Council is waiting for advice from the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority (ARLA) as to when the appeals will be heard.

Public Notification of the provisional Local Alcohol Policy

28 January 2014

The Council consulted on its draft Local Alcohol Policy (LAP [PDF, 62 KB]) in July 2013 and agreed to a provisional policy in September 2013. See the Report [PDF, 491 KB] for more details. It also decided to Notify the provisional policy in early 2014. Under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, we could only Notify the provisional policy after 18 December 2013.

The provisional LAP:

  • provides maximum trading hours for all licensed premises and provides conditions for special licences.
  • does not allow stand alone bottle stores to set up in the proposed Neighbourhood and Local Centres in Rolleston and Lincoln.
  • provides for consistent trading hours across each type of licensed premises.

Full details are in the provisional LAP.


Please note that, with the exception of the Police and Medical Officer of Health, only those who submitted on the LAP during the special consultative procedure in July 2013 could appeal the provisional LAP. The last day that an appeal could be lodged with the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority was 27 February 2014. Once the appeal process is completed the Council can adopt the LAP.