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Effective date: 23 July 2008
Last amended: 19 December 2018
Next review: December 2020


This policy is designed to provide information in regard to the subject matter covered, and with the understanding that the Director of Liquor Licensing is not passing legal opinion or interpretation or other professional advice. The information is provided on the understanding that all persons undertake responsibility for assessing the relevance and accuracy of its contents.


Section 106(1) of the Liquor Control Act 1988 (‘the Act’) provides that any class of licence under which the sale of liquor to lodgers and other persons for consumption on the premises is authorised that:

  1. the liquor shall not be supplied to, or consumed by, a juvenile;
  2. there shall not be more than the number approved by the Director of adult guests of each lodger present at the time the liquor is consumed; and
  3. the liquor shall not be consumed, except either:
    1. personally, by a lodger; or
    2. by an adult guest of a lodger, in the presence of the lodger and at the expense of the lodger,

and if any requirement of that condition is contravened the licensee, any employee or agent of the licensee who committed or permitted the contravention, and the lodger each commit an offence.

Operational application

For the purposes of section 106(1)(b) of the Act, the number approved by the Director is six (6) adult guests of each lodger present.

Page reviewed 11 September 2023