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 (AFZ) operating over public roads, footpaths and public carparks, and
Alcohol Prohibited Areas (APA) within public parks and reserves. Within these areas special
conditions restrict the consumption 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 Council-approved events). The legislation applies to everyone, 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 Council Ranger, 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, they can be charged with obstruction under section 660 of the Local Government Act which carries a maximum penalty of $2,200.
The following AFZs were approved for four years from 30 November 2019 to 30 November 2023.
- All AFZs that
operate throughout the City (roads, footpaths and car parks)
- A temporary AFZ for the first Thursday in August for the Coffs Gold Cup Event in Howard Street, Coffs Harbour.
- Special Event Alcohol Free Zones (SEAFZ) for 24 hours from 6am on New Year's Eve and Australia Day in the following locations:
- The Jetty Area
- City Square
- Coff Street
- Park Beach
How to Apply for an Alcohol Free Zone
1. Read the guidelines provided by the Department of Local Government:
Guideline on Alcohol Free Zones
2. Complete the application for an AFZ:
Application for an Alcohol Free Zone
3. Email the application or send it by post to:
The General Manager
Locked Bag 155
Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450
Alcohol Prohibited Areas
APAs relate to Council 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 such as Coffs Harbour city centre parks.
Parks and reserves that have alcohol prohibitions in place have
been clearly signposted with the prohibition period indicated on the sign.
the prohibition period alcohol may not be consumed within the signed
area. Fines apply and alcohol can be confiscated and disposed of by
Police or Council Rangers during the prohibition period.
Outside of the signed prohibition period no restrictions apply and alcohol
may be consumed.
Temporary APAs were also approved on Council reserves for 24 hours from 6am on New Years Eve and Australia Day (January
Suspension of Alcohol Regulated Areas
Council is able to suspend or cancel an AFZ by passing a resolution. APAs may also be suspended for special occasions on request.
For more information please email your request or write to
The General Manager
Locked Bag 155