The Auckland Council has voted to consider stricter rules for liquor licensing.
Councillor Richard Northey told a meeting of the council on Wednesday that the spread of new outlets across parts of Auckland is a crisis.
He said central Government is exploring a way for councils to limit off-licences, but new legislation could be some years away.
He proposed a bylaw that would allow liquor licensing authorities to decline new licences in areas with an adequate number of stores. The bylaw would also restrict opening hours.
Mayor Len Brown seconded the motion, which was supported by the whole council.
It's been forwarded to the regional development and operations committee for further discussion.