General Licence - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this licence if you operate a business and you intend to provide alcohol to your customers. This applies to pubs, hotels and holiday resorts, as well as other businesses that supply alcohol to customers. A general licence authorises you to:

  • supply liquor to customers on your premises during ordinary trading hours for consumption on and off the premises
  • supply liquor at any time to a resident, or guest of a resident, of the licensed premises
  • supply liquor to guests.

Liquor must not be supplied on ANZAC day between 5am and 12noon.

The following types of businesses are exempt from holding this licence, providing that certain conditions are complied with:

  • bed and breakfast businesses
  • florists
  • giftmakers
  • hairdressers
  • butchers
  • hospitals
  • residential care services
  • retirement villages
  • cruise ships.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Licence

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 at least 18 years old, If you are applying as an individual
  • not be disqualified from holding a licence or BYO permit under the Act
  • consent to a national police check
  • complete the relevant forms
  • provide any additional information required by the agency.

Please note that the agency may refuse to grant a licence if:

  • it would detract from the amenity of the area in which your premises are located
  • it would encourage the misuse or abuse of alcohol
  • you, or the directors of your organisation do not have sufficient knowledge of liquor licensing law
  • you, or your organisation, are not suitable to hold a licence.

Please consult the Agency for further information and advice.

Prerequisites

Ongoing requirements

Ongoing requirements include:

  • compliance with all relevant provisions of the applicable planning scheme
  • if the licence is held by a corporation or other organisation, all directors of the organisation must be approved by the Agency
  • the supply of alcohol for consumption off the licensed premises must not be the whole of your ordinary business of supplying alcohol.

Venues that host sexually explicit entertainment are subject to additional requirements. You must notify the agency in writing within 21 days of starting to provide sexually explicit entertainment on your premises.

Duration

12 months or from date granted until end of that calendar year.

Expiry

31 December each year.

Fees

 TypeAmountDescription
ApplyApplication$452.20

Fees for 2016-17.

RenewRenewal

Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted with your application.

VaryVariation$203.80

Fees for 2016-17.

TransferTransfer$203.80

Fees for 2016-17.

Lodgement

Apply

Please submit your completed application together with all specified accompanying documentation referred to in the application kit directly with the Agency. Once an application is received, and relevant checks and inquiries completed, a decision will be made by the Director of Liquor Licensing to either grant or refuse the application.

In most cases the Director will impose conditions upon the licence. The time taken to process an application will vary according to individual circumstances.


Administering agency

Department of Justice and Regulation
Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation

Act(s) name

Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Liquor Control Reform Regulations 2009 (Victoria)

Contact details

Licensing Officer
Department of Justice and Regulation
Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation


Operating address:
49 Elizabeth Street
Richmond
Victoria 3121
Mailing address:
PO BOX 1988
Melbourne, Victoria 3001

Phone:

1300 182 457

Fax:

03 9651 3777
contact@vcglr.vic.gov.au

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