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Host responsibility

Host responsibility is the term given to the strategies that ensure you operate your premises in a responsible manner making it a safe drinking environment.

What does host responsibility include?

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 states that it is an offence to:

  • Sell or supply alcohol to intoxicated persons
  • Allow any person to become intoxicated on licensed premises
  • Allow drunkenness or disorderly behaviour on licensed premises
  • Any licensee, manager or server of alcohol has a legal obligation to refuse to supply alcohol to an intoxicated person, to allow a person to become intoxicated on licensed premises or to allow an intoxicated person to remain on the premises.

The principles of host responsibility include:

  • The provision and promotion of food, non and low alcohol drinks
  • Serving alcohol with care and responsibility
  • Responsible approaches to dealing with intoxicated and underage people
  • The arrangement of safe transport options

The criteria for your premises licence requires compliance with all of these. There should be a host responsibility policy prominently displayed in your premises.

An example of a host responsibility policy

Host responsibility makes sure that everyone has a good time, and leaves in safe shape for the road home.  It could save our licence, and it could save a life.

The management of these premises believes that they have a responsibility to provide an environment that is not only comfortable and welcoming but also where alcohol is served responsibly. Because of this the following host responsibility policy has been implemented:

  • We will make sure our staff and management are looking after you by offering food and alternative drinks, as well as alcohol.
  • We will promote transport options to get you safely home.
  • We will encourage more people to have a lifesaver (designated driver). We will make the lifesaver's job more attractive by providing an interesting range of low-alcohol and alcohol-free drinks.
  • We will make sure all these services are well promoted - you won't have to go looking for them. We will have signs on display outlining what we provide as responsible hosts.
  • It's against the law to serve someone who is intoxicated. We will maintain a training and management policy to give our staff the skills and support they need to do their job responsibly.

Helpful links

Visit the Ministry of Justice website for more information - link)

For information about training for Manager's Certificate, visit Service IQ website

Find the full Act and regulations, visit New Zealand Legislation website - link)

Read the Local Alcohol Policy for the Gisborne district