The Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) is being reviewed and is out for public consultation from Friday, 29 October, until 29 November. The most significant impact of the LAP is to limit the hours that licensed premises may trade, compared to the default national maximum trading hours permitted by the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. This policy also controls when, where and how alcohol is sold and guides the District Licensing Authority in its decision making about alcohol licences in the district and provides a guide for those applying for an alcohol licence. It doesn’t regulate our alcohol ban areas – the Alcohol Control Bylaw does that. The policy came into effect in 2016 and it’s time for a review otherwise it will lapse. It went through a robust process when it was originally drawn up and we don’t see any reason to change, but what do you think? Public consultation will help identify any community or business interest in amending the LAP. How to have your say: read more information and make a submission using our online consultation portal. Follow the link at the top right of this page; or, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org; or, complete a submission form and post it to us at Thames-Coromandel District Council, Private Bag 1001, Thames 3540 or, drop it into one of our offices in Thames, Coromandel Town, Whitianga or Whangamatā. Submission forms and hard copies of the statement of proposal are available at all our offices. If you have any questions about this proposal or about how to make a submission, please contact us on 07 868 0200 or email email@example.com.