Host responsibility means creating a responsible drinking environment and looking out for your customers while they are on your premises. The Christchurch City Council is serious about host responsibility and keeping customers safe.
If you currently hold an alcohol licence you must have a host responsibility policy and provide regular and ongoing staff training. You must satisfy the Council’s Alcohol Licensing Team and Medical Officer of Health that you have practical measures in place to prevent problems with intoxication, unruly behaviour and minors.
Licensed premises within the Christchurch District Licensing Committee area must have developed a written Host Responsibility Plan. This plan, often referred to as a ‘house policy’, should be made available to all staff and displayed in some form for both customers and staff.
View the Host Responsibility Policy Guidelines [PDF 150KB].
The elements of a host responsibility policy are:
Find more information about being a responsible Host for events on our Special Licence information page.
These documents give more information about applying for and holding an on-licence:
The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 creates offences and penalties for certain ‘irresponsible’ alcohol promotions or activities. Irresponsible promotions can result in fines and licence suspensions, increase alcohol related harm, and also damage the reputation and prospects of a business. This guideline is intended to aid understanding of the advertising, promotions (including “happy hours”), activities and events that are likely to be considered acceptable or unacceptable. The determination of an unacceptable promotion or event will always be decided on an individual case by case basis.
New measures to regulate irresponsible alcohol promotions came into force on 18 December 2013. Under the Act it is an offence to do any of the following:
Acceptable promotions must still be suitably monitored, managed and controlled to ensure excessive consumption of alcohol is not encouraged. Ask yourself: will my promotion make people drink faster or more then they normally would? If the answer is yes, reconsider your promotion.
National Guidance on alcohol promotions can be found on the Health Promotion Agency website and includes:
Information on acceptable and unacceptable promotions inside and outside on-licenced premises [PDF 200KB]
Information on acceptable and unacceptable promotions inside and outside off-licenced premises [PDF 200KB].