Guidance for licensees on how to apply for a new permanent licence.
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Before making an application, it is important to understand what entities can apply for a licence and what probity requirements might preclude you from applying, or your application from being considered. These requirements and other significant application
information is contained within the new licence applications bulletin.
Important information for new licence applications
All individuals who are applying to be part of the licensee entity must lodge an LLD/5 or LLD/5A form (links below). The form(s) are required to be uploaded when you create the applicant entity (proposed licensee) when lodging your application via our online portal. All individuals must lodge a LLD/5 form in the first instance. The LLD/5A form can only be used if a LLD/5 form has been lodged by that person within the last 5 years.
Further requirements regarding the forms is available under the structure and personal details heading in the lodgement checklist below
Section 34 of the Liquor Control Act 1988 sets out that applications cannot be granted if the applicant is:
Section 36B of the Act provides that the licensing authority is not able to hear or determine an application for a new licence for a liquor store, tavern or hotel if the retail section of the proposed premises exceeds 400m2 and an existing
packaged liquor outlet with a retail section that exceeds 400m2 is located within 5 kilometres (metropolitan) or 12 kilometres (regional). The distances are calculated using the shortest route by road.
In addition, section 36B(4) of the Act sets out that the licensing authority must not grant an application for a packaged liquor outlet of any size unless it is satisfied that local packaged liquor requirements cannot reasonably be met
by existing packaged liquor premises in the locality in which the licensed premises are or will be situated.
All information is entered directly onto the online form unless specified otherwise. The online form is dynamic and will change as you fill out the required sections, you may not see all available options until they have been activated as you progress.
To apply for a permanent liquor licence, applicants can now complete an online application form. 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 create an account. Once you have created an account you will be able to lodge the initial grant application, once approved you can then use this account to update the licensee contact details, submit annual
liquor returns (if applicable), view your annual licence fee invoice and lodge any future applications for extended trading permits.
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 a permanent liquor licence must be lodged under the name of the proposed licensee. The proposed licensee is the individual, partnership or company who will be profiting from the sale of liquor under this licence. The applicant must also have (or will have) exclusive tenure to the premises in be considered the licensee in respect of permanent liquor licences.
Please refer to the following steps to lodge your application:
First you must create an account. This account will be used to submit your applications, returns and change your address details.
Once your details have been entered and registered, you will not be required to register your details again. You can amend your details at anytime by logging into your account.
If you experience any issues with the account creation process please contact our department on 61 8 6551 4999.
Now that you are set up with an account you can start the application. Whenever you start an application for the first time in a new account it will automatically divert you to an Applicant Details form. This must be completed prior to starting any application types and once created cannot be changed. If you are using an existing account you will be given an option to skip this form if your contact information has not changed.
The application form works the same way as the Liquor Licence Applicant Details form, just with different questions. 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.
Please refer to the application checklist for a detailed list of what information you will need to supply when completing the Liquor Licence Application form.
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.