24/7 alcohol-free zone
The Wellington city alcohol ban is a safety initiative to:
- reduce alcohol-related crime and disorder
- provide a safe city environment for everyone.
Research carried out by the Council and police has found that alcohol is a factor in the majority of arrests made for disorder, violence and sexual offending in the city.
Map of alcohol-free zone
Application to consume alcohol
Pursuant to section 4.1 of the Wellington Consolidated Bylaw 2008, Part 4 - Alcohol Control, the Council can authorise low-risk activities that would otherwise breach the alcohol ban.
If you want permission to hold an event where a limited amount of alcohol will be consumed in a public place, call the Public Health Team on (04) 499 4444. Depending on the circumstances, you will either need to apply for a special license or an exemption from the bylaw.