Work starts on alcohol policy
Planning work for a new citywide alcohol policy that could give communities a greater say on booze outlets has begun.
The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act was passed in December, meaning the Auckland Council can now work on its own local policy. The policy will guide licensing decisions and could also determine location, density and maximum trading hours.
It is expected to take 18 months for the policy to be drawn up and finalised.
Over the next year the council will be consulting with the alcohol industry, key stakeholders and the community.
The new act will also see the establishment of district licensing committees to consider and determine applications, rather than the council.