Local Approved Products Policy

The Southland District Council, Gore District Council and Invercargill City Council have developed a combined Local Approved Products Policy (LAPP) that restricts the location of businesses selling legal highs.  These are also known as party pills, herbal highs, synthetic cannabis, and legal recreational drugs.

The LAPP, which limits the location of retail outlets in the Southland region to the Invercargill CBD, is effective from 22 December 2014 and will be reviewed in five years. Feedback received during the development of the policy was that local communities in the Southland District did not want retail outlets of psychoactive substances in their areas. The Mayor and all Councillors of the Southland District Council were also opposed to the retail of legal highs in the Southland District. 

Psychoactive substances, in the context of this policy, include herbal highs and party pills. It does not include tobacco products, alcohol, medicines, marijuana or other illegal drugs.

With a LAPP in place, the location of retail outlets can be strictly controlled. If there was no policy, retail outlets could be located anywhere, such as in residential areas or beside a school. 

The councils decided that the business location should be as restricted as legally possible, in the largest centre, and in a highly visible area.

Currently there are no approved products.

Download the Combined Local Approved Products Policy (LAPP) [PDF, 2.5 MB]

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