Liquor Licence - General (On / Off Premises) - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to sell liquor both:

  • At a single licensed premise in open containers for consumption at the premises; and
  • In sealed containers for consumption off the premises (for example, a hotel with a bottle shop).

Liquor is a substance that can be ingested and contains more than 1.15 percent by volume of ethanol.

Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence:

  • You must be a fit and proper person;
  • You must have an understanding of the Liquor Act;
  • You must successfully complete an approved Responsible Service of Alcohol training course. This training is required every 3 years;
  • The premises must be deemed to be fit and proper and will be inspected with application; and
  • The premises must be operated in a manner so not to cause undue disturbance to persons occupying premises in the neighbourhood.

You must provide with your application:

  • Plans of premises (two complete copies of approved plans must be provided);
  • A risk assessment management plan;
  • An executed memorandum of sub-leases or lease (a draft may be provided if sub-lease has not been signed);
  • Letter from the landlord stating no objection to the sale of liquor is required unless provision has been provided for in the sublease;
  • Statutory declaration in relation to any criminal charges, conviction or pecuniary penalties or undischarged bankruptcy;
  • Consent for Australian Federal Police check;
  • Certificate of incorporation;
  • Defined Influential Persons Form;
  • Proof of citizenship status;
  • Two character references;
  • Letter appointing authorised person; and
  • Evidence of Business Name Registration.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


This licence is issued in perpetuity and is renewable on 30 November. Applications for licence renewals are sent to licensees approximately 4 to 6 weeks prior to renewal anniversary dated.


Licences expire on 30 November each year.



Renewal costs vary according to the occupancy loading and the times the club is licensed to operate. Minimum cost: $2695. Maximum cost: $18,885.

GeneralDuplicate Certificate$26.00



You will also be required to lodge a police criminal history check when you submit your application. Please direct any application enquiries directly to the Agency.

Approval time

4 to 6 weeks

Administering agency

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
Access Canberra

Act(s) name

Liquor Act 2010 (Australian Capital Territory)

Regulation(s) name

Liquor Regulation 2010 (Australian Capital Territory)

Contact details

Enquiries, Liquor Licensing and Permits
Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
Access Canberra

Mailing address:
General Post Office Box 158
Canberra,Australian Capital Territory,2601


13 22 81


02 6207 4000

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