Council is serious about keeping our beaches, streets and reserves clean and safe for everyone to enjoy. This includes ensuring that celebrations in public spaces don’t get out of control.

To help, we have a range of alcohol bans in place across the City of Port Phillip throughout the year.

Who enforces the alcohol bans?

The alcohol bans are enforced by Victoria Police with support from our Local Law Officers. There will be extra patrols during summer and over important public holiday periods such as Melbourne Cup Day, New Year’s, Christmas, Boxing Day and Australia Day.

Non-compliance will alcohol bans can result in a $192 fine and the confiscation of alcohol.

Where and when alcohol bans apply

Please note, these bans do not apply to licensed events or permitted outdoor venues.

Every day, year-round alcohol bans 

You cannot drink or hold an unsealed container of alcohol in public spaces from 8 pm to 12 midday every day throughout the year.

There is also a 24-hour alcohol ban on all streets and roads (including footpaths) and at St Kilda Skate Park.

St Kilda foreshore alcohol ban

You cannot drink or possess sealed or unsealed containers of alcohol along the St Kilda foreshore from 1 November to 31 March.

The St Kilda foreshore includes all beaches, reserves and parkland from Langridge Street to Thackeray Street.

The map below highlights the areas along the St Kilda foreshore where the alcohol ban is in place.

Additional alcohol bans

Every day, year-round and St Kilda foreshore alcohol bans still apply during the following periods.

Where and when can I consume alcohol?

You can responsibly consume alcohol between 12 midday to 8 pm every day in our public parks, reserves and spaces as long as, it is not:

  • within the St Kilda foreshore alcohol ban area between 1 November and 31 March
  • in a glass container along the entire Port Phillip foreshore (we have a foreshore glass ban in place)
  • on our streets or footpaths
  • at St Kilda Skate Park
  • during one of our other alcohol ban periods including New Year’s, Australia Day, St Kilda Festival and Grand Prix.

Full details of the local law

Detailed information about consumption and possession of alcohol in public spaces is included in City of Port Phillip's Community Amenity Local Law 2023 and the City of Port Phillip Policy and Procedures Manual. A copy of the Local Law and the incorporated documents are available on the Local laws and enforcement page.

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