Liquor and gambling

Dry areas

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:

  • reserves
  • 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.

Find dry areas on the CBS website

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.

Contact CBS Liquor and Gaming



In person

91 Grenfell Street


GPO Box 1719
Adelaide SA 5001

Related information

Other websites

Dry area guidelines (PDF 301KB) - CBS

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