Get alcohol banned in your area
You can apply to have alcohol completely banned in your area.
This is called a general restricted area, and includes all buildings on the land.
Who can apply
Any person or organisation can apply.
The application may then go to a hearing where businesses and local authorities in the area can have their say.
How to apply
You will need to write a letter to the Licensing NT.
Your letter must include all of the following:
- a clear description of the area of land, including GPS coordinates if possible
- reasons why you are applying
- details of whether the land will be completely dry or certain types of liquor will be allowed or whether there will be a liquor permit system.
You should send your application to Licensing NT.
Contact Licensing NT
Level 3, NAB House
71 Smith Street
Darwin NT 0800
After you apply
Licensing NT will decide whether the application is serious - if not it will be dismissed.
Licensed businesses in or near the requested area will be told about the application and a hearing date will be arranged.
Breaking the ban and penalties
The police and licensing inspectors can:
- stop and search motor vehicles, boats, planes and homes
- take any illegal alcohol and charge the person who has the liquor
- seize the vehicle, boat or plane used to transport the alcohol into the area.
You can be issued a fine/and or be sentenced to time in prison if you are caught breaking the general restricted area law.
Find out more information about alcohol penalties and offences.
Seizing vehicles, boats and planes
If a vehicle, boat or plane is seized it may only be returned after an investigation.
Breaches of liquor permits
If a person with a liquor permit is caught with a different type of liquor that is allowed on their permit, or is found to be giving alcohol to another person they shouldn't, their liquor permit will be cancelled.
Last updated: 06 November 2019
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