Alcohol in Public Places

Events with alcohol

Alcohol Free Zones and Alcohol Prohibited Areas are restrictions on the possession and consumption of alcohol in public places. They are established by council and enforced by the police.

If you are holding an event at an alcohol prohibited area you can request the ban be lifted for the duration of the event. If approved, the applicant must keep the approval with them at the event to provide proof to council enforcement officers if required.

Alcohol free zones

  • In Alcohol Free Zones alcohol can be possessed but not consumed. 
  • Alcohol Free Zones relate to roads, footpaths and public car parks.

Alcohol prohibited area

  • In Alcohol Prohibited Areas it is prohibited to consume alcohol, or possess it with the intent to consume. 
  • Alcohol Prohibited Areas relate to parks, reserves and beaches.


Any person caught consuming alcohol in a designated Alcohol Free Zone or Alcohol Prohibited Area may have their alcohol confiscated and tipped out by the police.


To view the locations of alcohol restricted areas go to Shire Maps and select "Alcohol Free/Prohibited Areas" from the "Maps" menu.

View alcohol restricted areas in Shire Maps

(N.B. Once on the Shire Maps page, you will need to change the map layer to 'Alcohol Free/Prohibited Areas')


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More information

Policies and documents

Sutherland Shire Crime Prevention Plan 2013-2017 Liquor Licences on Council Property Policy Anti-Social Behaviour Strategy


Enquiries can be directed to Parks and Waterways on 9710 0333 or

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