Alcohol Regulated Areas

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Alcohol Regulated Areas

Coffs Harbour Council, in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act,  has created alcohol regulated areas throughout the LGA. The establishment and continued operation of these areas is one of the principle harm-minimisation strategies employed by local councils and the police to reduce the effect on the community of alcohol-related issues.

There are two types of alcohol regulated areas within the LGA;  Alcohol Free Zones (AFZs) operating over public roads, footpaths and public carparks, and Alcohol Prohibited Areas within public parks and reserves. Within these areas special conditions apply to the taking in and consuming of alcohol.

Alcohol Free Zones

These zones have been created over certain roads, footpaths and carparks  as indicated in the online mapping system. Within an AFZ alcohol may not be consumed at any time (unless in conjunction with licensed outdoor dining, or BYO restaurants with approved outdoor dining, or lastly council-approved events). The legislation applies to all persons, including minors. Police have the power to seize and tip out or otherwise dispose of alcohol without the need to issue a warning. A Police officer or authorised council enforcement officer may use their discretion to issue a warning to a person who is drinking in an alcohol free zone, for example, where the person may be unaware of the zone. It should also be noted that in circumstances where a person does not co-operate with a Police officer or authorised council enforcement officer, they can be charged with obstruction under section 660 of the Local Government Act which carries a maximum penalty of $2,200.

Council has approved the renewal of the Alcohol Free Zones (AFZs) that operate throughout the City for a further 4-year period, commencing 1 September 2015 and finishing on 30 September 2019.

How to Apply for an Alcohol Free Zone

Read the guidelines provided by the Department of Local Government to understand the process of applying for a new Alcohol Free Zone.

Ministerial Guideline on Alcohol Free Zones
Application for an Alcohol Free Zone

The above application form must be submitted to Council to begin the process.

Email the application or send it by post:

Locked Bag 155
Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450

Alcohol Prohibited Areas

These zones relate  to certain Parks and Reserves as indicated in the online map. Alcohol prohibitions generally apply  between certain time periods, usually 9.00pm until 9.00am however there are some locations where  a 24-hour prohibition applies. Parks and reserves that have alcohol prohibitions in place have been clearly signposted with the prohibition period indicated on the sign. During the prohibition period alcohol may not be taken in or consumed within the signed area.  Fines apply and alcohol can be confiscated and disposed of  by the police or other authorised enforcement officers during the prohibition period. Outside of the signed prohibition period no restrictions apply and alcohol may be taken in and consumed. The exception to this are the periods between 6.00am New Years Eve until 6.00am New Years Day and 6.00am Australia Day (January 26th) until 6.00am January 27th where a special 24-hour prohibition is in force.