Licence holders must be aged 20 years or over, and meet the other requirements of the Act. A licence is issued to a person, company or legal entity in relation to a premises (or conveyance, such as a train or boat). A licence cannot be transferred from one person to another, or from one premises or conveyance to another.
At all times when alcohol is being sold or supplied to the public on licensed premises, a certified manager is required to be on duty and is responsible for compliance with the Act and the conditions of the licence.
Please be aware that the days from 20 December 2023 up to and including 15 January 2024 are considered non-working days. This may affect the processing time of your licence.
The type of licence you apply for depends on what activities or type of business you are planning. There are four types of licences; on, off, club and special licences.
On-licence: Authorises the holder to sell or supply alcohol for consumption on their premises, but alcohol cannot be removed from the site.
Off-licence: Authorises the holder to sell or deliver alcohol on or from their premises, described in the licence to any person for consumption off their premises.
Club licence: Authorises the holder to sell or supply alcohol for consumption on their premises to any member of the club (e.g. incorporated clubs such as sports clubs and social clubs), or any person who is a guest of, and is accompanied by a member of the club, or any member of any other club with which the holder of the licence has an arrangement for reciprocal visiting rights for members for the club. Alcohol cannot be removed from the site.
Special licences: Authorises the holder to sell alcohol for a short period of time. It is generally used for events or occasions such as weddings, funerals, wine tastings and birthdays.
Private events that do not require a special licence:
Temporary authority: If you have purchased a licensed business a temporary authority may be required to operate the business until your own licence has been approved.
Apply for a special licence if you would like to sell alcohol for a short period of time, for example for a wedding, funeral, family occasion or prize giving.
|Licence for one or two small scale events (<100 people)||$63.25|
|Licence for three to 12 small scale events (<100 people), or one to three medium sized events (100-400 people)||$207|
|All other special licences, including licences for large events (more than 400 people)||$575|
|Licence for a funeral||$63.25|
You will need to apply for an encroachment licence if you are planning on using the footpath as an outdoor area or your property protrudes over the footpath or street.
On, off and club licence applications are generally processed within 14 weeks of receiving the application. Processing time may be longer if there is information missing from your application, or if there are any objections to your application from the public or reporting agencies.
On, off and club licence fees
The annual fees are payable on the anniversary date of your licence every year. A new licence is granted for one year initially and then after that the licence is renewed every three years. Note: New premises may have other consent costs.
The fees for all licensed premises (on, off, club) are assessed using a cost/risk framework. This is based on weighting the type of licence, the hours and any enforcement action.
To work out the category for your premises use the dropdown boxes. The total will change depending on the option you select. Use the total to check the Application Fees table. If you prefer the full cost/risk tables are provided at the bottom of the page.
(based on weighting)
|Application fee||Annual fee|
|Very Low (0-2)||$368.00||$161.00|
|Very High (26 plus)||$1,207.50||$1,437.50|
To work out the weighting for your premises using these tables, check the three tables below and add up the relevant score from each table, then check the table above for the application and annual fee. Please note restaurants and clubs are subdivided into three classes to reflect their cost/risk.
|Type of licensed premises||Weighting|
|Supermarket, grocery store, bottle store||15|
|Class 1 restaurant, night club, tavern, adult premises||15|
|Off-licence in a hotel, tavern, class 1, 2 or 3 club||10|
|Class 2 restaurant, class 1 club, hotel, function centre||10|
|Remote sale premises, class 3 restaurant, class 2 club, other on and off premises not otherwise specified||5|
|Winery cellar doors, BYO restaurants, class 3 clubs, theatres, cinemas||2|
|Latest licensed hours||Weighting|
|On-licences and clubs before 2am; Off-licences before 10pm||0|
|On-licences and clubs 2.01am-3am; Off-licences 10pm and later||3|
|On-licences and clubs – any time after 3am||5|
|Number of enforcements in last 18 months||Weighting|
|2 or more||20|
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