Sections 15-20 of the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 provide for local authorities, in certain circumstances, to designate Alcohol Disorder Zones (ADZs) where some alcohol licensees can be charged for additional enforcement.
The Act provides for regulations and guidance to cover the use of ADZs. Work is well in hand, with statutory and industry stakeholders, on developing draft guidance and regulations which will be subject to a formal public consultation in the spring. Following the consultation, regulations will be placed before Parliament at the earliest opportunity.
The earliest possible date for commencement of ADZs will be 1 October 2007, in line with the Common Commencement Date (CCD) initiative for regulation bearing on business.