Local alcohol policies

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 enables territorial authorities to create local alcohol policies (LAPs).

As territorial authorities begin to develop local alcohol policies, HPA is keen to help ensure that policies best reflect the views of the community. One way of doing this is to seek community views early in the policy development process.

For more information on the Ministry of Justice's website about local alcohol policies.  

Local alcohol policy guidelines

These guidelines are intended to help territorial authorities pulling together a LAP.  We plan to update these pages regularly, with more detailed information and links to examples as more territorial authorities publish their progress.  Your feedback is very welcome.

Download HPA's LAP guidelines  (DOCX, 178KB)

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) has also developed a LAP guidance document for councils. It sets out guidance on:

  • considering the legal principles from the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority decisions
  • collecting data and information to inform the development of a draft LAP
  • developing and consulting on a draft LAP
  • adopting a provisional LAP, appeals, and bringing into effect a final LAP.

Download LGNZ's LAP guidance document.

LAP survey template and guidelines

HPA has developed a survey template for any territorial authority to use to ask its community about the way alcohol is managed in the district.  The survey is intended to be used early in the process so that the results can be incorporated into the draft policy before the formal consultation process.

The survey template may be used as the basis for a community survey. Questions may be added or deleted as required.

Download the LAP survey template  (DOC, 875KB)

Download the LAP survey guidelines  (DOC, 775KB)

More information on how communities can contribute to the development of LAPs.