A dry area is a place where you are not allowed to have or drink alcohol.
The purpose a dry area is to curb alcohol related problems and anti-social behaviour in public areas such as:
- main shopping precincts
- car parks
- beaches and foreshores
- communities where drinking in public places is an indicator of complex social issues.
Anyone who has or drinks alcohol in a dry area can be fined up to $1,250 with an on the spot fee of $160.
An exception to a dry area can be made for a short term to cover one-off major events such as New Year’s Eve, or for an ongoing period. Contact Consumer and Business Services (CBS) for more information.