If friends or relatives cause trouble drinking alcohol at your home, or you are concerned about antisocial behavior from people drinking in your area, you can apply to have your home declared alcohol free.
An alcohol restricted premises is an area where it is prohibited to consume or carry an open container of alcohol.
Restrictions can be put in place for privately owned land and houses, public housing properties, schools, shopping centres, churches and hospitals.
You can apply to have your house, unit or a common area of your housing complex declared alcohol free.
Territory Housing will support you to make this application.
The system is administrated by the Northern Territory Licensing Commission. Your Tenancy Manager or Indigenous Client Liaison Officer can help you complete your application and contact the Licensing Commission.
The Licensing Commission will ensure you understand the rules and consequences of having a premises declared alcohol restricted. You can give Territory Housing permission to submit the application on your behalf.
The Licensing Commission will make a decision based on the information provided in your application and discussions with you.
If you are applying to have the common area of your complex declared alcohol restricted the majority of the tenants in the complex need to support this decision.
The Licensing Commission will make a decision about a common area after speaking to all tenants in the complex.
The Licensing Commission will arrange for a sign to be placed on the door of a unit or on the fence of a house. The sign will include information about the declaration and penalties for bringing alcohol onto that premises.
The Police and Public Housing Safety Officers are able to enter an alcohol restricted premises without a warrant if they believe people are drinking alcohol.
Alcohol may be seized from people on a restricted premise and a fine can be issued to each person who is drinking.
If serious, court action may be taken.
For urgent assistance call 131 444 (day and night).
If the matter does not require urgent assistance, you can report it to the dedicate Safety Hotline by calling 1800 685 743.
In an emergency, always dial 000.
For further information, please contact Territory Housing on 1800 104 076.
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