To encourage a safe and welcoming environment in our public places there are alcohol bans in certain areas of Auckland.
These alcohol bans are a measure to reduce the negative impacts that drinking alcohol has in public places in a particular area.
They also provide the police with an appropriate tool for dealing with the antisocial behaviour caused by drinking alcohol.
Although alcohol can form a positive aspect of the enjoyment of our parks, beaches and other public spaces, we need to balance this with keeping our communities safe and helping create the world's most liveable city.
Current alcohol bans
We maintain a schedule of alcohol ban areas where it is unlawful to consume (or transport for the purposes of consuming) alcohol in public places.
Each individual alcohol ban area can vary depending on the former council bylaw that is in place (see bylaw links to the right).
A new region-wide local alcohol policy and alcohol management bylaw will be in place by 2015. This will provide a more consistent approach to alcohol bans.
You can learn more about the bylaws under review on the Bylaws sectionof the website.
Alcohol bans can be:
- night-time only
- permanent 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- applying only to parts of public places (such as children's playgrounds, skate parks and council car parks).
- events-based (as at Eden Park during major events).
Local board alcohol bans
You can view maps of your local area to see how these bans are applied.
Use the address locator to find your local board area.
Albert-Eden (PDF 3.1MB)
Devonport-Takapuna (PDF 2MB)
Franklin - Pukekohe (PDF 1.7MB)
Franklin - Wairoa (PDF 2.1MB)
Franklin - Waiuku (PDF 1.8MB)
Henderson-Massey (PDF 2.7MB)
Hibiscus and Bays (Hibiscus Coast) (PDF 1.2MB)
Hibiscus and Bays (East Coast Bays) (PDF 1.8MB)
Howick - North (PDF 2.4MB)
Howick - South (PDF 2.8MB)
Kaipatiki (PDF 2.6MB)
Mangere-Otahuhu (PDF 2.3MB)
Manurewa - North (PDF 2.3MB)
Manurewa - South (PDF 1.9MB)
Maungakiekie-Tamaki - East (PDF 2.6MB)
Maungakiekie-Tamaki - West (PDF 2.4MB)
Orakei (PDF 2.8MB)
Otara-Papatoetoe (PDF 2.8MB)
Papakura - Mid-East (PDF 1.4MB)
Papakura - North (PDF 2.1MB)
Papakura - South (PDF 1.8MB)
Puketapapa (PDF 2.4MB)
Rodney - North (PDF 2MB)
Rodney - South (PDF 1.8MB)
Upper Harbour - North East (PDF 2.3MB)
Upper Harbour - South West (PDF 1.3MB)
Waiheke - East (PDF 1.1MB)
Waiheke - West (PDF 1.2MB)
Waitakere Ranges - East (PDF 2.5MB)
Waitakere Ranges - West (PDF 953KB)
Waitemata (PDF 1.8MB)
Whau (PDF 2.8MB)
Events-based alcohol bans
Proposed alcohol bans
Wec are considering the following areas for some form of alcohol control:
- Mangere review
- Kaipatiki Local Board review, Kaipatiki Local Board area
- Manly Beach
- Lake Panorama, Henderson-Massey Local Board area
Contact us to:
- request a new ban area
- find out more about alcohol bans and affected areas.
New alcohol bans
The following alcohol bans have been implemented by the Auckland Council:
- Oneroa Town Centre - Waiheke Local Board area (August 2011)
- Kell Park - Upper Harbour Local Board area (August 2011)
- Meadowlands Park - Howick Local Board area (October 2011)
- Wiri Parks - Manurewa Local Board area (May 2011)
- Auckland CBD extension - Waitemata Local Board area (October 2012)
- Fergusson Domain and surrounding streets - Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board area (October 2012)
- Tamaki review (10 parks in Glen Innes) - Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board area (December 2012)
- Manurewa review (creating safety corridors for youth) - Manurewa Local Board area (June 2013)
- Warkworth Town Centre - Rodney Local Board area (June 2013)
- Bushlands Community, Albany Heights - Upper Harbour Local Board area (June 2013)
- Silverdale Village town centre - Hibiscus and Bays Local Board area (June 2013)
- Beach Haven wharves - Kaipatiki Local Board area (September 2013)
Temporary alcohol bans
For major events temporary alcohol bans are sometimes put in place to ensure the event is a safe place for everyone to enjoy.
Notification of any alcohol ban will be made clear on all event information before the event and will also be signposted at the event itself.
Rights and responsibilities in alcohol ban areas
Law as it stands now
Rights and responsibilities in an alcohol ban area
(Sections 147 of the Local Government Act 2002)
Auckland Council has prohibited the drinking of alcohol in a number of streets and parks.
In some places these controls are in force 24 hours a day, seven days a week; in others they are only at night time or during daylight savings. The police enforce alcohol bans.
There are few exceptions and these apply to alcohol containers that remain unopened in the alcohol ban area:
- If the alcohol is legally purchased, then transported through the alcohol ban area (e.g. for consumption at home or at a friend or relative’s residence who lives either in or next to the alcohol ban area).
- If an alcohol store (either bottle shop or bar) is carrying out its normal operations (e.g. sales or stock deliveries).
In both circumstances the container must be sealed and the alcohol must be promptly removed from the alcohol ban area.
Police powers of arrest, search, and seizure
(Sections 169 to 245 of the Local Government Act 2002)
The police may search and seize, without warrant, any container (e.g. bag, case, package, or parcel) a person is carrying in an alcohol ban area as well as any vehicle that is in, or entering, an alcohol ban area.
Police may arrest any person found to be committing an offence, this includes refusing to comply with the police to leave the alcohol ban area or to surrender any alcohol in their possession.
An infringement notice relating to a breach of an alcohol ban may only be served by a Police Constable.
Matters of proof in relation to breach of alcohol bans
Section 169A of the Local Government Act 2002 (as amended)
From 18 December 2013 the police will no longer be required to seize alcohol for the purposes of gathering evidence.
If a person is accused of breaching an alcohol ban and disputes that alcohol is in the container, then the person has an opportunity to prove this and should seek legal advice, as soon as possible, after the alleged breach is recorded.
Sections 169, 243-245, and 259 of the Local Government Act 2002 (as amended)
From 18 December 2013, breach of an alcohol ban will no longer be prosecuted through the courts. Instead, a police constable may issue an infringement notice (fine).
The fine may be issued:
- instantly (without arrest); or
- following an arrest for breaching the alcohol ban; or
- by post, after the breach has occurred.