A New Plymouth council blunder means the city's liquor ban is no long longer enforceable.
A local government act amendment required all councils to review their alcohol control bylaws and if they didn't, they automatically expired in December 2018.
The council says its review "fell through the cracks" and it's "sorry for the slip-up".
New Plymouth publicans say they've noticed more unruly behaviour in the city as a result.
Our Taranaki Whanganui reporter Robin Martin has more.