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What is the Council proposing?

The Council is proposing to adopt a Local Alcohol Policy under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. This is a new policy that sets rules for the sale of alcohol in Palmerston North.

The main change that the policy would introduce is new maximum trading hours for places that sell alcohol. For instance, on-licensed premises such as bars, cafes and restaurants would be restricted to trade between 8am and 2am the following day, while off-licensed premises such as bottle stores, grocery stores and supermarkets would be restricted to trade between 7am and 10pm. Clubs such as sports or social clubs, would be restricted to trade between 8am and midnight. Premises in some parts of the city, such as outside the business zones, would be subject to more restrictive trading hours.

The Council has chosen not to include restrictions on the location of licensed premises. While we considered a number of potential location restrictions, we decided there was insufficient evidence to justify those restrictions. Similarly, the policy does not propose any one-way door restrictions or discretionary conditions.