Proposed Alcohol Control Bylaw

This consultation is now closed.

Wines by the water graphic

Many of us like to enjoy a wine by the water or a beer on the beach - but when and where should alcohol in public places be okay?

We're reviewing our current Liquor Ban Bylaw and want to replace it with the proposed Alcohol Control Bylaw. The draft bylaw and statement of proposal are available to view under the download icon on the right of this page.

The Local Government (Alcohol Reform) Amendment Act 2012 requires that all alcohol control bylaws be reviewed under the new legislative requirements by December 2018, otherwise the existing bylaw will be revoked. The legislation puts a greater responsibility on councils to justify any alcohol bans. To justify a ban, there must be evidence of a high level of crime or disorder caused by alcohol consumption in a public place.

The proposed new bylaw will regulate where and when people can possess or consume alcohol in public places, through a mix of permanent and seasonal bans on alcohol in our bigger town centres, beaches and reserves.

You can see the proposed permanent and seasonal alcohol ban areas on our interactive story map.  And you can see a summary of changes from the current Liquor Ban Bylaw to the proposed bylaw in the download section on the right of this page.

Have your say on the proposed bylaw from 29 June to 4pm on 30 July.

Elements of the proposed bylaw:

Permanent alcohol bans: The centres of our bigger communities would be subject to permanent alcohol bans - 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. 

Seasonal alcohol bans on our east coast beaches and adjoining reserves: Alcohol would be banned from 7pm - 7am over the peak summer period of 20 December to 9 February. 

Have your say

To let us know what you think about our proposals you can:

  • read the bylaw and submit using our online consultation portal at
  • email us at;
  • fax us on (07) 868 0234;
  • complete a submission form and post it to us at Thames-Coromandel District Council, PrivateBag, Thames 3540; or
  • drop your submission form into the area offices in Thames, Coromandel, Whitianga orWhangamata.

Submission forms and hard copies of the statement of proposal and the proposed bylaw areavailable at all our area offices and libraries.

If you have any questions about this proposal or about how to make a submission, please contact uson 07 868 0200 or email