Liquor ban areas

A liquor ban area means that members of the public cannot consume alcohol in a certain area. Did you know that the town centres of Ashburton and Methven have a Liquor Ban from 9pm to 7am daily?

Why do we have liquor ban bylaws?

Liquor ban bylaws are in place to help provide a safe and welcoming environment for everyone. They also help deal with antisocial behaviour caused by drinking alcohol and reduce the negative impacts that drinking alcohol has in public places.

Ashburton District Public Places Bylaw

  • Prohibits the consumption of liquor in any public are in the public areas specified in the plans below, and
  • Prohibits persons having in their possession any opened container of liquor, during the hours of 9.00pm and 7.00am.

Learn more about Ashburton District's Public Places Bylaw

Liquor ban areas

View the Ashburton liquor ban area

View the Methven liquor ban area

What happens if I drink liquor in the liquor ban area?

If you drink in a public area in the liquor ban area, you may be:

  • Issued an infringement notice with an instant fine of $250.
  • Arrested or summonsed by Police and appear in court.  This can result in a conviction for breach of the liquor ban
  • If you are under 18, Police can issue you with an infringement notice and fine under the Summary Offences Act 1981