Residential Licence - South Australia

Service summary

A Residential Licence is required by Motels, Guest house operators and other accommodation providers who intend to sell liquor:

  • on the licensed premises at any time to a lodger for consumption on or off the licensed premises
  • to diners in a designated dining area for consumption with or ancillary to a meal
  • to persons attending a reception for consumption in a designated reception area
  • to persons attending a function at which food is provided

The Residential Licence is subject to the following conditions:

  • the licensee must provide accommodation for a member of the public upon request; and
  • the licensee must, if a lodger requests breakfast or an evening meal, comply with the request (but, the licensee is not obliged to provide breakfast before 8.00am or after 9.30am and is not obliged to provide an early meal before 6pm or after 8pm).

Where it is intended to provide cottage or bed and breakfast style accommodation for a maximum of 8 persons, a liquor licence is not required. However, it should be considered because it may give significant benefits through being able to purchase liquor wholesale.

Service type


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


Fees vary; contact the agency direct for further information about fees

Other resources

Administering agency

Consumer and Business Services

Act(s) name

Liquor Licensing Act 1997 (South Australia)

Contact details

General Enquiries

Office hours 8:00 to 17:30 any business day.

Some direct dial numbers are under the Attorney Generals Department entry in the Adelaide White Pages Telephone Directory (Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner).

Operating address:
91 Grenfell Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Mailing address:
GPO Box 2169
Adelaide SA 5001

Toll Free:




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