Guidance for licensees on how to apply for an extended trading permit.
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This information explains the types of ongoing extended trading permits (ETP) available under the Liquor Control Act 1988 (the Act). To be read in conjunction with the relevant policies available on our website.
All information is entered directly into the online form unless specified otherwise. Please note any Director’s policy or forms.
No additional information is required for Liquor without a Meal (restricted to 120 persons or less) or Late Delivery.
Effective date: 13 November 2007 Last amended: 15 March 2021
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 33(7) of the Liquor Control Act 1988 (the Act) requires that where the licensing authority is to determine whether any premises are of a sufficient standard or suitable for the proper conduct of the business:
must be taken as relevant and amongst the matters to which consideration should be given.
Furthermore, section 37 of the Act also emphasises the importance of the suitability of the premises by requiring that the licensing authority shall not grant an application for a licence unless it is satisfied that the premises to which the application
relates are of a sufficient standard and suitable for the conduct of the business.
This document also provides guidance as to the legislative requirements and criteria that will be used when considering the suitability of premises to be licensed under the Act.
The aim of this policy, and the associated legislative requirements, is to ensure that liquor licensed premises are designed and constructed to support good public safety outcomes.
The potential need for requirements above the National Construction Code and Public Health Act reflect the differences the consumption of alcohol in ‘public’ places can make to the achievement of good safety outcomes for patrons and the community
The following general criteria will be used to determine whether or not premises should be licensed:
This policy is designed to focus on meeting sought outcomes, and a range of materials and technologies will be considered in determining compliance with this policy. Nevertheless, guidance is provided on the types of materials or designs that are more
likely to be deemed acceptable to allow applicants to more easily understand the policy.
Unless otherwise authorised, plans are required to conform with regulation 11 of the Liquor Control Regulations 1989 (the Regulations). In particular, floor plans are to be on at least A3 size paper or larger, and drawn to a scale of 1:100.
Plans may also be lodged electronically in PDF on a disc or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. If lodging plans via email, please include in the subject line the name of the applicant
and proposed name of the premises.
Electronically submitted plans must show:
All finishes in licensed premises are to be of commercial quality and capable of withstanding the wear and tear expected in premises of this nature. Construction of bar counters, benches and fixtures of a like nature are to be from materials suitable
for the purpose. Generally this will require a minimum of galvanised tubular steel framework with facings of a waterproof nature.
Particle or chipboard is specifically prohibited. However, marine ply or HMR board or materials of a similar nature are permitted in most circumstances, provided they are covered with a commercial surface finish in situations where it is exposed to view,
i.e. servery tops, sleeve rails, etc. Work surfaces subject to high levels of liquor spillage (e.g. bar counter work surfaces and draining boards) are to be stainless steel. Where concrete is permitted as a finish, the concrete used is to be of high
density and be treated with a hardening process to render it acid resistant, waterproof and non-absorbent. It is to be steel trowelled to a smooth finish.
All kitchens, food preparation and associated areas and bar serveries are subject to the Food Safety Standard 3.2.2 and the requirements of the local health authority. Further information is available at www.foodstandards.gov.au
Applicants are also advised to contact their local authority to ensure that proposed toilet facilities comply with that authority’s requirements in addition to these requirements (such as disabled and ambulatory requirements).
Nightclubs, clubs (including restricted clubs) and entertainment/function areas of licences of any other class, are required to comply with the provisions of the Health (Public Buildings) Regulations 1992 (as amended).
Areas of licensed premises where entertainment is provided by way of live bands or recorded amplified music presented by a DJ, must also comply with the following requirements:
Ablution facilities at licensed venues must be maintained at a hygienic standard, particularly when they:
These standards should be maintained even at the busiest trading times, as this is often when complaints are lodged.
Therefore, as a matter of policy, the following standards are identified as guidance for best practice:
Section 99(1) provides that every licence is subject to the condition that the licensee:
Subsection (2) provides that where the Director is of the opinion that the licensee has failed to comply with a condition referred to in subsection (1), the Director may, by notice in writing, require:
to take specified action, carry out specified works, or provide specified things.
In respect of section 99 and taking into consideration the above, work orders may be imposed after an inspection by department inspectors, if the licensee has failed to maintain the licensed premises.
Ongoing extended trading permits (ETPs) are designed to extend trading conditions in accordance with the permit. Applicants with an existing liquor licence can complete an online application form for these types of permanent extensions. The online form is designed to be intuitive; it will change to reflect the options you select as you proceed. This process will provide greater visibility of the overall application process to all applicants and aims to reduce determination times.
In order to access this application you have to log in to the account that is linked to the permanent liquor licence. You will not be able to complete this application form using a new account or an account that is linked to a different licensee/entity.
The department is committed to ensuring that information on our website is widely accessible. If you require a manual copy of the new application form to be emailed or posted to you, please contact the department on 61 8 6551 4888.
Please note that the time taken to process an application will vary depending on a range of factors including the complexity of the application, advertising times and any objections which may be raised.
Applications for ongoing extended trading permits must be lodged under an account that is linked to an existing liquor licence, specifically the one you are intending to extend.
Please refer to the following steps to lodge your application:
Log in to your existing account to start this process.
If you are an existing licensee, but do not yet have an online account, please set up a new account and select ‘No’ that you are not a current licence holder, then register the account. Please email your new Username to email@example.com so we can connect your new account to your existing liquor licence. Please note - if the person emailing the username is not part of the licensee entity (eg employee) they will need to also email authority from the licensee authorising the request being made.
Now that you are set up with an account you can start the application.
The application form will open onto an Instructions page which explains how to use the form. Read through each question carefully and remember to save your form often.
This form is designed to be intuitive, when you answer a question it will change the form to allow you to provide more information. Please be sure to give the pages a few moments to update when you select an option in case it needs to create more fields for you to fill out.
If you do not have the information required at hand you can save your form and return to it later via the My Account page. Clicking on Save will create a link on the My Account page under Saved Forms. You can click on Resume to proceed or Delete to remove the saved form.
If you wish to keep a copy of the application form for your records you can only do this prior to submitting the application. Clicking on the PDF button will create a PDF of the application form in its current state for you to save to your computer.
Upon submission of the form click on the Pay Fee button to view the payment options and make payment.
Payment for online lodgement can be made online via BPOINT. To pay via any other method, including BPay, please click the View Quote button. This will generate a quote with payment details and your unique application number.
Please make sure to quote the Application Reference Number when submitting any enquiries or manual documents in relation to this application.
When the fee is paid the date of lodgement will be the date the payment is receipted by the licensing authority. It generally takes 1-2 business days for the fee to register on our system. Please be aware that we will be unable to issue you with an official receipt until the fee has fully registered. When you make payment online you will instead be offered a payment confirmation slip which you can retain as evidence of payment if required.
For a full list of the fees and charges please refer to the fees and charges page.
If your application is submitted successfully, you will be emailed an acknowledgment letter. This will confirm that the department has received your application; it will also outline any further information required for this application and the date by which it must be submitted.
Do not submit enquiries with this form.