An on-licence allows for the sale and supply of alcohol to persons for consumption on a specified premises. Examples of premises that require an on-licence include hotels, taverns, licensed restaurants/cafes, night-clubs and function centres.
Please note more time is required to process licence applications over the Christmas/ New Year period. This is because working days, which are part of the statutory processing time requirements, do not include the period from 20 December to 15 January, under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.
Please ensure you get your renewal application in as soon as possible if your renewal is due between this period. You can continue to trade even if your licence isn’t renewed in time as long as the renewal application has been submitted and paid for.
An on-licence may be endorsed (BYO: Bring Your Own - endorsement) to allow diners and their guests to be able to bring their own alcohol into a premises and consume it. You can also get an endorsement for being a caterer, to allow sales of alcohol at other venues for events such as weddings or other functions.
The licence is initially issued for one year. If all conditions are met during this time the licence can be renewed on a three yearly basis.
To apply for a new on-licence you will need to get building and planning certificates and food business registration. There may also be other requirements, such as approval for outdoor dining, so please speak to Council before applying.
If you are ready to apply for your on-licence please use the link below to complete the on-line application form. The form details all the documents you need to provide to Council.
The online process provides a structured workflow which ensures all required information is received and the application can be processed quickly. You will receive a thank you confirmation screen with payment link, online payment is required to complete the online process.
If you want to see the status of your application and see a copy of your file with us at any time, you can log in and you will see all the details about your application including a copy of your application and where in the process your application is.
Renewing an on-licence
To renew your on-licence, you will need your Alcohol Licence Number, found on your current licence. If the licence expires before it is renewed, you must apply for a new licence.
The fees for an alcohol licence are worked out on a risk-based model, found in the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Regulations (Fees) 2013. Your fees will be automatically calculated when you apply for your licence.
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