Limited Licence (Liquor) - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to sell liquor for consumption at functions. A function is an event that is conducted for public amusement or entertainment or to raise funds for any charitable purpose such as a dinner, ball, convention, seminar, sporting event, race meeting, exhibition, performance or trade fair.

There are four types of functions covered by this licence:

  • Single function: you may sell liquor at up to 5 functions in a 12 month period. This licence type only applies to not for profit organisations. As a not for profit organisation you can have up to six free a year using the exemption form.
  • Multiple functions: you may sell liquor at up to 52 functions in a 12 month period. If you already hold a limited licence you may apply for additional functions. This must be via the functions under a multi-function limited licence notification that is required to be lodged with local police at least 14 days in advance of the event. This licence type only applies to not for profit organisations.
  • Trade fairs: you will be able to sell liquor at events as wine or food shows. This licence type may also allow take away sales.
  • Special event: you may sell liquor at a special event for consumption on premises only. To qualify the event must have social or economic benefit to the community.

Please be aware that licence conditions may vary depending on the type of organisation applying for it.

Please consult the Contact Officer for 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 18 years old or over
  • be considered fit and proper for the purpose of the licence
  • submit the required application form
  • pay any required fees.

You are advised that all staff must attend any required training for the purposes of the licence as specified by the Authority, including a responsible service of alcohol (RSA) course by a registered training organisation. Additional eligibility requirements varies depending on the type of function(s) being held under the licence.

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



Duration is as indicated on the licence unless suspended or revoked.



Single function (online).




Annual fee for multi-function licence.

Application$150.00Single function.
MiscellaneousAdditional authorisations and exemptions may be obtained for additional fees.

Approval time

At least 28 days.

Administering agency

Department of Industry
Liquor and Gaming NSW

Act(s) name

Liquor Act 2007 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Liquor Regulation 2008 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Liquor Applications
Department of Industry
Liquor and Gaming NSW

Operating address:
GPO BOX 7060
Sydney, New South Wales 2001
Operating address:
Level 6
323 Castlereagh Street
Haymarket, New South Wales 2000


1300 024 720

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