PUBLIC HEALTH

Regulatory - Licensing

  • A liquor licensing advisor carries out liquor licensing inspections and assists with processing applications for liquor licences in both regions.
  • Part of the process of applying for, or renewing, a liquor licence is a report from the Medical Officer of Health on the business's Host Responsibility knowledge and practices.  This information is gathered on their behalf and an advisor also confirms whether other legal requirements are complied with. If an application is not objected to by the public, Police, Fire Service or the above it will be granted/renewed by the local liquor licensing
  • Information is also provided to licensees (and potential licensees) for clarifying legal issues relating to the Sale of Liquor Act and its implications for their business activities. An example of this is advice on Host Responsibility Policies.  For further information on this, Public Health South have excellent advice on Host Responsibility Policy Development.
  • The Public Health Service encourages the responsible sale, use and promotion of liquor by licensed premises including sale of food, low and non alcoholic drinks, not serving under-aged or intoxicated people and assisting with transport choices.  It also encourages responsible use in private and workplace environments and discourages the promotion of excessive drinking in all settings.

Strategies include:

  • Involvement with Liquor Liaison and other collaborative groups
  • Inter agency Training Workshops for licensed premises staff
  • Increasing compliance and reducing youth access to alcohol by involvement in Controlled Purchase Operations (stings).

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