Get alcohol banned in a private premises

If you are concerned about anti-social drinking in a private place such as your home, you can apply to have alcohol banned.

Alcohol can be banned in:

  • your home or private premises 
  • or a privately-owned premises that is open to the public - for eg: a church, hospital, shopping centre or other business. 

Who can apply

For privately-owned land and houses, you can apply if you are the owner or tenant.

For privately-owned premises that are open to the public, you can apply if you are any of the following:

  • someone living or operating a business in the same area
  • a community organisation or group connected to the area
  • a police officer. 

How to apply 

You must: 

Step 1. Complete an application form. 

Step 2. Send it in to: 

Northern region

Fax: (08) 8999 7498
LRASComplianceDWN.DOB@nt.gov.au

Southern region

Fax: (08) 8951 5112
LRASComplianceASP.DOB@nt.gov.au

After you apply

You will be contacted by Licensing NT about your application. 

They will also contact the police and the occupiers and owners of the premises to discuss your application, and make a decision based on the wishes of the majority.

A sign will be placed at the premises stating it is an offence to drink or bring alcohol into the premises. It is an offence to remove or interfere with the sign. 

Cancelling the ban 

The ban will come to an end when either:

  • there is a transfer of ownership 
  • or the lease comes to an end. 

The owner must tell Licensing NT if either of these happen. 

You can also ask to have the ban cancelled if you were the person who applied for it. 

Penalties

If you see someone drinking alcohol or taking alcohol into restricted premises, you should call the police on 131 444 .

The police can:

  • seize the alcohol
  • and issue an infringement notice for a maximum 20 penalty units.

The police can also enter restricted premises without a search warrant if they think an offence is being committed.

They can search the premises and anyone at the premises, and seize opened and unopened containers of alcohol.

It is not an offence to:

  • drink alcohol for religious services in a church where there is a ban
  • carry alcohol through a restricted premises to drink somewhere else, as long as it remains unopened.

Go to alcohol penalties and offences for more information.

Last updated: 27 June 2017