Alcohol Control Bylaw consultation


The Alcohol Control Bylaw 2015 (the ‘current bylaw’) prohibits the possession and consumption of alcohol in specified public places within the District. It was established for the purpose of addressing the problem of crime and disorder related to the consumption of alcohol in these places.

The current bylaw applies one alcohol ban within the District, which is located in central Te Anau, it also allows Council to establish additional temporary alcohol bans for other public places in the District, subject to meeting specific criteria.

The current bylaw will expire on 9 December 2022 and Council is proposing a new bylaw which will continue the effect of the current bylaw from 9 December 2022.

Council is seeking feedback on the draft Alcohol Control Bylaw 2022 (the ‘draft bylaw’) over a submission period which will run from 8am 29 August 2022 to 5pm 29 September 2022.

People who make a written submission can request to also make an oral submission to Councillors.

Proposed Changes

Council proposes the draft bylaw to be effectively the same as the current bylaw, which includes the current alcohol ban in central Te Anau being continued. No further specific alcohol ban areas are currently proposed to be added. The variations proposed are considered minor technical changes from the current bylaw. All proposed changes are identified in the draft bylaw included in the statement of proposal

The reason for the proposal

The key reasons for this proposal are to: 

  • address crime or disorder caused or made worse by the consumption of alcohol in public places
  • seek community views on the continuation of an alcohol control bylaw after the expiry of the current bylaw on 9 December 2022
  • seek community views on the areas subject to an alcohol ban under the bylaw
  • seek community views on the draft bylaw
  • to encourage people to give feedback on the draft bylaw
  • to let people know how they can give feedback.


The following options have been considered regarding how Council could proceed after it has undertaken the consultation process:

Option 1 – adopt the draft bylaw

Option 2 – adopt the draft bylaw including any new temporary alcohol ban areas

Option 3 – adopt an amended bylaw

Option 4 – do not adopt the draft bylaw (the current bylaw expires)

An analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of these options are detailed in the statement of proposal.

Timetable for consultation

The dates below outline the timetable for the consultation process. Any changes to these dates will be publicly advised on Council’s Facebook page and website.



10 August 2022

Council adopted the proposal for consultation

29 August 2022

Consultation period begins (8am)

29 September 2022

Consultation period ends (5pm)

Late November 2022

Oral submissions heard by Council. Covid national protection framework levels may impact the hearing date and the ability to hold this meeting in person. Council meeting date yet to be determined.

Early December 2022

Deliberations and adoption by Council. Council meeting date yet to be determined.

How to have your say

Anyone can make a submission by either:

  • completing and submitting the Online Submission Form at the bottom of this page
  • filling in a submission form, available in the important documents section below and emailing it to
  • filling in a submission form and posting it to: Southland District Council  PO Box 903 Invercargill 9840 ATTN: Alcohol Control Bylaw Submissions
  • filling in a submission form and dropping it into Southland District Council, head office, 15 Forth Street, Invercargill, or at any Southland District Council area office.

Submissions will be accepted from 8am on 29 August 2022 and must be received by 5pm on 29 September 2022. 

All submissions should state:

  • the submitter’s name
  • the submitter’s contact details
  • whether or not the submitter would like to speak to Council about this matter.

If you need help submitting please contact Council at 0800 732 732, or call in to one of Council’s offices. All written submissions made to Council will be acknowledged and made available to the public.

Council intends to hold a hearing in late November 2022. This is when anyone who has made a written submission and who has said they would like to speak to Council, can do so.

We will arrange times with those who wish to speak at the hearing. Please note that Covid national protection framework levels may impact hearing dates and the ability to hold this meeting in person.

Important Documents

You can download the following key documents for Council's Proposal.

current bylaw

statement of proposal including the draft bylaw 

submission form

Hard copies of these documents are also available during normal office hours from Southland District Council’s head office at 15 Forth Street, Invercargill, or at any Southland District Council area office.

Online Submission Form

To complete a submission online please complete the form below.
To access the form in a separate window click here.