Applying for liquor licences, permits, conditions including fees and charges.
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When a licence is granted, it is granted to a specified entity (the licensee). The licence allows only the licensee to sell liquor from a specified place (the licensed premises).
If the licensee wishes to sell the licence to another entity, then the applicant who wishes to purchase or be assigned the licence must apply to the department to take over the licence (transfer of licence application). It is important to note that settlement
cannot take place until prior approval has been given by the licensing authority. For information regarding applications to transfer a liquor licence, please refer to the application kit on the department’s website.
Approval can also be given by the licensing authority for the licensee to operate the licence at a place other than the licensed premises (removal of licence).
New licence applications
Most applications have to be advertised in order to inform the community. Objections to applications must be made to the department.
Temporary event approvals made by the Director of Liquor Licensing.
Graphic process diagrams of the licensing application process.
Plans of the proposed premises are required to be lodged with the application in order for the licensing authority to define the area in which the sale, supply and in some cases, the consumption of liquor will occur if the licence is granted.Plans and specifications
The following licences can be applied for through the online portal:
Apply for a licence through the online portal
Add, Vary or Cancel (Permanent) lodgement guide
Add, Vary or Cancel (One-off) lodgement guide
Approval of non-liquor business
Change of premises name
Change of cellar door operation trading name
Change of ownership of a licensed premises
Conversion from Club Restricted to Club Licence
Conversion from Hotel to Tavern or Hotel Restricted
Converting or replacing a Special Facility Licence
Removal of licence
Surrender of a licence
Approved Manager lodgement guide
Approved Manager renewal guide
Position of Authority (director/shareholder)
Change of trustee (Club)
More information on training requirements for Approved Managers.
Complaint about noise, disturbance etc
Liquor restricted premises application
Request for search of licensed premises
Some applications may require additional forms depending on the application type.
Fees and charges are subject to change on 1 January each year.
Generally, if an applicant is dissatisfied with the decision handed down by the Director of Liquor Licensing, they have the right to apply for a review to be carried out by the Liquor Commission.
The review application needs to be submitted to the Commission within 28 days of receiving Director's decision. The Commission may grant an extended period for applications to be submitted.
Decisions relating to applications for a one-off extended trading permit or occasional licences can't be reviewed by the commission. This includes any decisions to subsequently cancel or vary these licences/permits after their initial issue.
When conducting a review, the Liquor Commission can only consider the same application and evidence that was originally submitted to the Director of Liquor Licensing.
The Commission must consist of three members if:
An application for a review of a decision to cancel a licence can only be made on a question of law, i.e, on the perceived basis that the Director has misinterpreted the Liquor Control Act in making the original decision.
When conducting a review based on a question of law, the Commission must include one member who is a legal practitioner.
The Commission may:
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