The Manawatu District Licensing Committee (DLC) requires a Host Responsibility Policy to be submitted with any licence application.
Host responsibility policies are designed to reduce the abuse of alcohol by creating and promoting a safe drinking environment.
The Manawatu District Licensing Committee (DLC) is serious about host responsibility policies.
They are a key factor in Council licensing policies and enforcement inspections.
The basic elements of a host responsibility policy are:
Serve alcohol responsibly
Provide and promote alternatives, like low and non-alcoholic beverages
Provide and promote an appropriate food selection
Prevent underage drinking
Identify and appropriately deal with intoxication
Arrange safe transport options
Educate and train staff in host responsibility practices
Provision of free water
A Guide to Host Responsibility Policy and Plans
A Guide to Host Responsibility Policy and Plans for Club Licences
A Guide to Host Responsibility Policy and Plans for Off Licences
A Guide to Host Responsibility Policy and Plans for On Licences
If you hold an alcohol licence you must implement, train and enforce host responsibility policies. Failure to do so is grounds to revoke your licence.
Licensees with extended operating hours, in particular, must satisfy the District Licensing Committee that they have appropriate measures in place to prevent problems with intoxication, unruly behaviour and minors.
If you are applying for an alcohol licence - for a premises, conveyance, club or event - you must submit a proposed policy and implementation plan for host responsibility. Proposals are a key factor in deciding to issue a licence.
Manager's Certificate Applicants
If you are applying for a Manager's Certificate, you must demonstrate an understanding and commitment to host responsibility policies.