Dry Areas


Dry Areas in South Australia

This section contains information relating to dry areas in South Australia.

Section 131 of the Liquor Licensing Act 1997 provides for the prohibition, by notice in the Government Gazette of the consumption or possession of liquor in a specified public place, or a public place of a specified kind. The prohibition may be absolute or conditional and may operate continuously or at specified times

The purpose of the dry area legislation is to curb alcohol related problems such as anti-social behaviour in public areas such as reserves, main shopping precincts, car parks and foreshores.

Dry area notices ensure that areas are preserved for family enjoyment and recreation, free from intimidation or disturbance from persons affected by alcohol.

Dry area prohibitions can be made for a short term to cover one-off major events such as New Year’s Eve, or for an ongoing period.

All applications for a dry area are made by local councils to Consumer and Business Services. Councils applying for a dry area are required to submit a detailed description and plan of the proposed area as per the dry area guidelines. Community views are represented with a letter of support from the local Member of Parliament and local Police.

Search for a Dry Area

An alphabetical list of Dry Areas in South Australia is available on the Find a Dry Area page.

Find a Dry Area

Information includes:

  • Maps
  • Extension of prohibition
  • Period of probition
  • Description of the area.

On 5 January 2015 all existing dry areas previously declared by the former Liquor Licensing (Dry Areas) Regulations 2012 were transferred to a single Gazette Notice.