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Dry Zones & Liquor Licence Applications

Dry Zones

Dry Zones play an important role in the City of Holdfast Bay. A 'Dry Area' or 'Dry Zone' is an area where the consumption of or possession of liquor (in open containers) is prohibited under the Liquor Licensing Act 1997.  A person who consumes or has possession of opened liquor in a Dry Area is guilty of an offence, which carries a maximum penalty of $1250.

The purpose of a Dry Area is to minimise any potential risk, or negative impact to the amenity of a public area, caused by anti-social behaviour that’s associated with excessive alcohol consumption.

The City of Holdfast Bay has three permanent Dry Zones (regulated by Long-Term Legislation) located at Glenelg, Brighton and Seacliff.  These Dry Areas are in effect 24 hours per day all year round.

As well as the established Long-Term Dry Zones, the City of Holdfast Bay operates periodic temporary Dry Zones (regulated by Short-Term Legislation) on socially pivotal occasions throughout the year.  The purpose of these temporary Dry Zones is to further aid South Australia Police in curbing any anti-social behaviour associated with

The City of Holdfast Bay maintains Dry Zones within our Coastal Reserves between the hours of 9pm-9am.

More information on Dry Areas may be obtained from the website of the Consumer and Business Services. For local Dry Zone information, please contact the City of Holdfast Bay's Liquor Licensing and Community Safety Officer on (08) 8229 9999.


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