Alcohol Control Bylaw

Submissions are now closed

2 August 2021

South Wairarapa District Council (Council) is proposing to adopt a new Alcohol Control Bylaw and we are seeking feedback from the community on the proposed bylaw.

The bylaw enables alcohol bans to be made that prohibit the consumption and possession of alcohol in certain public places where crime or disorder is caused or made worse by alcohol consumed there. An alcohol control bylaw is generally considered to be an effective regulatory tool to help the Council and Police promote and maintain public health and safety.

In summary, we propose that the bylaw controls alcohol for temporary special events in public places, including Toast Martinborough. We do not propose to include any permanent alcohol ban areas in the bylaw but the bylaw enables Council to establish alcohol ban areas in the future where necessary.

Note: The submission deadline has been extended from 2 September to Sunday 5 September 2021.

Key datesActivity
2 August 2021Submissions open
16 August 2021Public meeting at 9.30am
5 September 2021Submissions close (deadline extended from 2 September)
22 September 2021Oral hearings / Deliberations
23 September 2021Deliberations reserve day
3 November 2021Council decides whether to adopt the proposed bylaw
4 November 2021The bylaw, if adopted, comes into effect

Have your say

Please have your say on the proposed Alcohol Control Bylaw – Submissions are now closed

Printed copies of the statement of proposal are available from:

  • the Council offices at 19 Kitchener Street, Martinborough
  • the libraries in Featherston, Greytown and Martinborough

You may also request a printed copy by emailing us at or phoning us on 06 306 9611.

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