Local Alcohol Policy

Selling alcohol

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 allows local authorities to decide whether to implement a local alcohol policy (LAP) to regulate alcohol sales in their areas.

While a local alcohol policy can't address things like the price of alcohol, age limits for drinking or alcohol advertising and sponsorship, it could, for example, determine:

  • whether further alcohol licences should be issued
  • hours of operation
  • how close a new alcohol outlet can be to an existing outlet
  • how close a new alcohol outlet can be to a church, a school, a childcare centre or a retirement village.

The Council has adopted a Provisional Local Alcohol Policy (PLAP), which includes the following provisions:

  • Setting trading hours for off-licences (eg, bottle stores and supermarkets) as 7am to 9pm.
  • Limiting the location of where new off-licences can operate to 'retail centres'.
  • Setting the maximum trading hours for on-licences inside the central city area as Monday to Sunday, 7am to 3am (the following day).
  • Setting the maximum trading hours for on-licences outside of the central city area, Monday to Sunday 7am to 1am (the following day).
  • There are no restrictions on the location of on-licences.
  • Council did not adopt the introduction of a one-way door restriction.

Council's focus is to maintain a balance between reducing the harm of alcohol in the community, while allowing the thriving hospitality and retail industries to continue.

The PLAP achieves this balance while addressing statutory requirements of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.

Other regulations and legislation

Note that the PLAP's requirements relate to the sale of alcohol only. For information about other regulatory requirements and legislation related to alcohol - see 'related links' (top right) and alcohol bans.

Read the Policy

Read  Hamilton's Provisional Local Alcohol Policy

Find out about appeals to this provisional Policy below.

Policy appeals


Hamilton City Council has received appeals on its Provisional Local Alcohol Policy.

Appeals were received from supermarket chains, Progressive Enterprises and Foodstuffs North Island Ltd, and Te Whanau Roopu O Aotearoa-Komiti Maaori.

Click the links below to view the appeals:

In a meeting on 8 February 2017, Hamilton City Council voted to cease negotiations in its PLAP and seek approval from the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority (ARLA) of the notified version (As above). The Council will present the notified PLAP, without any changes from appeal negotiations, to ARLA for approval. ​

Page reviewed: 31 Mar 2017 3:34pm