Alcohol Bylaw Proposed Changes

Submissions on the proposed Queenstown Lakes District Council Alcohol Ban Bylaw 2018 have now closed.

QLDC is required to review this bylaw under section 158 of the Local Government Act 2002.

Queenstown Lakes District Council currently has the following alcohol ban periods:

  • From 10.00pm on any day to 8.00am the following day
  • 6.00am on 27 December of any given year to 6.00am on 6 January the following year
  • 6.00am on the opening day of the Queenstown Winter Festival to 6.00am the day after the closing of the Queenstown Winter Festival
  • An additional period that may be defined by the Council by resolution from time to time in accordance with clause 5 of the Alcohol Bylaw.

To limit alcohol related harm and minimise potential for offensive behaviour in public places, the Council proposes to include the following bans:

  • The current specified period for an alcohol ban of 10.00 pm on any day to 8.00 am the following day be increased to 8.00 pm on any day to 8.00 am the following day for the public places specified in Schedule A of the Alcohol Bylaw.
  • An additional alcohol ban be included for National Crate Day specified as Schedule 2 of the proposed law. 


The Council has three reasonable options available:

  1. Maintain the status quo
  2. Adopt a total ban across the district
  3. Adopt an alcohol ban that applies to the Queenstown CBD from 12am on Crate Day until 12am the following day and increase the specified


Have your say

Feedback submissions have now closed.


What happens next?

Submissions will be heard by a subcommittee of Councillors between 10 – 14 September 2018. Council will then consider outcome of consultation process and whether to make decisions in the Proposal on 25 October 2018.

Relevant documents