Alcohol bans

There are alcohol bans in public places in the City of Port Phillip. These apply in different places at different times of the year.
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Council is serious about keeping our beaches, streets and reserves clean and safe for everyone to enjoy.

Under our local laws, the following alcohol bans are in place across the City of Port Phillip:

  • every day, year-round alcohol bans
  • St Kilda Foreshore alcohol ban 1 November to 31 March
  • Additional alcohol bans (New Year period, Australia Day weekend, St Kilda Festival, Grand Prix)

Every day, year-round alcohol bans (unsealed containers)

You cannot drink or hold an open container of alcohol in parks and public places (including the foreshore) from 8 pm to 12 midday every day throughout the year.

There is a 24-hour ban on drinking or holding an open container of alcohol on all roads, including footpaths, in the municipality.

There is also a 24-hour ban on drinking or holding an open container of alcohol at St Kilda Skate Park, Marine Parade, St Kilda.

These bans do not apply to outdoor licensed dining areas or permitted outdoor events.

St Kilda foreshore alcohol ban 1 November to 31 March

You cannot drink or hold an open container of alcohol along the St Kilda foreshore precinct from 1 November to 31 March inclusive.

The St Kilda foreshore is defined as waters and Crown land within the municipality boundary up to the adjoining road, and includes all beaches, reserves and parkland from Langridge Street to Thackeray Street, St Kilda.

Additional alcohol bans

Regular alcohol bans still apply during the following periods.

New Year (30 December to 2 January)

You cannot drink or hold an open container of alcohol anywhere in the municipality from 8 pm on 30 December until 12 midday on 2 January in any year.

You cannot carry or possess sealed (unopened) containers of alcohol anywhere along the entire foreshore from 9 am on 30 December until 9 am on 1 January in any year.

Australia Day weekend (25 and 26 January)

You cannot drink or hold an open container of alcohol anywhere in the municipality on 25 and 26 January 2020.

St Kilda Festival

Throughout the St Kilda Festival period, you cannot drink or hold an open container of alcohol in the St Kilda precinct between the hours of 9 am until 12 midnight on the days of the event.

This does not apply to outdoor licensed dining areas or permitted outdoor events.

The St Kilda precinct is defined as the area being from the foreshore along Thackeray Street to Barkly Street, along Barkly Street to Fitzroy Street, along Fitzroy Street to Canterbury Road, along Canterbury Road to Cowderoy Street, then down Cowderoy Street to the foreshore, including the beach.

Grand Prix

You cannot drink or hold an open container of alcohol from 12 midnight on the Monday before the Grand Prix until 12 midnight on the Monday after the Grand Prix in the nominated local access area, under the Australian Grand Prix Act.

Full details of the local law

Detailed information about consumption and possession of alcohol in public places is included in Council’s Local Law No. 1.

Victoria Police enforce these local laws and penalties apply.

Common questions and answers

Can I drink on streets or footpaths in the City of Port Phillip?

No, across the whole municipality it is an offence to consume alcohol or have an open container on roads (including footpaths) at all times, unless in a liquor licenced outdoor dining area, as part of a permitted event, or with a liquor licence.

When can I drink alcohol at the beach?

In general, you can carry and consume alcohol that is not in glass containers responsibly at beaches between 12 midday and 8 pm on any day, except at times when specific alcohol bans apply. You cannot drink or hold an open container of alcohol along the St Kilda foreshore precinct from 1 November to 31 March inclusive.

If you're at the beach or pool this summer, remember water and alcohol don't mix.  Combining alcohol and aquatic activities significantly increases your risk of drowning.  For more information about staying safe around water, visit Life Saving Victoria.

Can I drink alcohol in parks and public spaces?

In general, you can carry and consume alcohol responsibly in parks and public spaces other than the foreshore between 12 midday and 8 pm, except when specific alcohol bans apply.

Can I drink alcohol in my vehicle?

No, it is an offence to consume alcohol or have an open container in a vehicle in a public place covered by an alcohol ban.

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