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.
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.
Starting a new on-licence business
Before applying 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; phone 871 5000.
There is also a requirement that there be a certified Duty Manager on the premises at all times that alcohol is being sold. For more information and to apply see: Duty Manager's certificate.
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.
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.