Local Alcohol Policy

The Act allows local government to develop local alcohol policies (LAPs). LAPs are a set of decisions made in consultation with the community within a geographical area about the sale and supply of alcohol.

Whanganui District Council’s Local Alcohol Policy(PDF, 305KB) came into force on Monday, 2 September 2019 after the provisional policy was adopted by the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority on Wednesday, 3 July 2019. 

The policy aims to reduce alcohol-related harm in the Whanganui District by: considering the location of licensed premises in relation to sensitive sites such as schools; limiting the number of off-licenses (excluding supermarkets and grocery stores); a one-way door restriction for on-licences where licensed hours exceed midnight; maximum trading hours for licensed premises; and, inclusion of discretionary conditions for the District Licensing Committee.