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.
Visit the Ministry of Justice website for more information - www.justice.govt.nz(external link)
For information about training for Manager's Certificate, visit Service IQ website
Find the full Act and regulations, visit New Zealand Legislation website - www.legislation.govt.nz(external link)