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Palmerston North City Council to consult on draft local alcohol policy

Friday October 25 2019

Palmerston North City Council will be consulting on its draft local alcohol policy from Saturday 26 October to Friday 13 December 2019.

We’re proposing changes to trading hours

Council is proposing to change the maximum trading hours for alcohol licensees.





Where the premises is on a site in the inner, outer, local or fringe business zone, or industrial zone 8am to 2am the following day 14 premises (13%)
Where the premises is on a site in any other zone 8am to 12am the following day 12-13 premises (81%)


All zones 7am to 10pm 8 premises (21%)

Club licences


All zones

8am to 12am the following day 7 premises (28%)

Peter Ridge, PNCC Policy Analyst, said that while on-licence venues will be the most affected, only four premises will be forced to close more than one hour earlier, along with one club licensee, based on their current licensed trading hours. All licensees will be contacted as part of the consultation process.

As part of its draft local alcohol policy, Council considered other restrictions, such as where licensed premises could be located, or one-way door restrictions, which prevent people entering licensed premises after a certain time.

Mr Ridge says the draft policy does not include these types of restrictions.

“Council undertook significant research to inform and support the development of its draft local alcohol policy, which included the demography of residents and visitors, the overall health indicators of Palmerston North residents and the nature and severity of alcohol-related problems in the city.

“The draft policy represents an important step towards addressing alcohol-related harm in the city in a sustainable way, supported by local evidence and data.”

It’s important to make a written submission

Under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, Council is required to use the Special Consultative Procedure to consult with the public on a draft local alcohol policy. The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act allows any person who makes a written submission to appeal the decision of Council if the draft policy is adopted. Any appeals will be heard by the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority.

Written submissions can be made at