Council & City

Provisional local alcohol policy

A local alcohol policy sets out the policies that will guide the decisions of the District Licensing Committee when it issues alcohol licences. Our policy is still provisional and subject to appeal. In other words, it is not yet in effect.

We made the provisional local alcohol policy on 28 April 2021, following public consultation on our draft policy. The policy was notified on Thursday 27 May.

Keep reading to find out about our provisional local alcohol policy and the appeals process. 

What is in the provisional local alcohol policy?

The provisional policy includes maximum trading hours for different types of licensed premises.

Licence type

Earliest opening hour

Latest closing hour


Hotels, taverns, and class 1 restaurants (with a bar area operated as a tavern) 

8am 2am the following day

Function centres

8am 1am the following day
All other on-licensed premises (including class 2 and 3 restaurants and cafes, cinemas and theatres) 8am 12 midnight


All off-licences (eg, bottle stores, supermarkets and grocery stores)

7am 9pm

Club licences

All club licensed premises (eg, RSAs, sports clubs)

8am 12 midnight

The provisional policy doesn’t include restrictions on location (other than complying with the District Plan), one-way door restrictions, or discretionary conditions.

The appeals process

The Council placed a public notice in the Manawatū Standard and Guardian newspapers on Thursday 27 May notifying the appeals process. Anyone who wants to appeal the provisional policy will have 30 days from the date of that public notice to lodge their Notice of Appeal with the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority.

Except for the Police and the Medical Officer of Health, only people who made a submission on the draft policy can appeal against an element of the provisional policy.

The only ground on which an element of the provisional policy can be appealed against is that it is unreasonable in light of the object of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. The object of the Act is safe and responsible sale, supply, and consumption of alcohol and the minimisation of harm caused by its excessive or inappropriate use.

We've prepared a document with more information about the appeals process. This information is taken from the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act, the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Regulations, and the Ministry of Justice website:

How to make an appeal

Please lodge a Notice of Appeal with the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority, ARLA. You can only do this if you meet the criteria to appeal (see above).

A Notice of Appeal must:

  • be in writing
  • state your full legal name, address for service, telephone number and your email address
  • state the element of the provisional policy you're appealing and why the element is unreasonable in light of the object of the Act
  • be accompanied by the prescribed fee and include a copy of your submission on the draft local alcohol policy.

Copies of the submissions made on the draft policy can be found in the agenda for the extraordinary meeting of Council's community development committee held on 10 December 2020.

You must also provide a copy of your notice of appeal to the Council.

Where to send your appeal

Your notice of appeal must be sent directly to ARLA. 

Phone: 04 462 6660


Postal address: Alcohol Regulatory & Licensing Authority, Tribunals Unit, DX: SX11159, Wellington

When sending your notice of appeal to ARLA, please also send a copy to the Council at the following address: Provisional Local Alcohol Policy, Governance Team, Palmerston North City Council, Private Bag 11034, Palmerston North 4442