Major Event Licence - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to hold a large-scale event that is likely to attract more than 5000 patrons and have a significant impact on:

  • enforcement
  • organisation of public transport and emergency services
  • the public safety and the amenity of the area where the event is held.

A major event licence authorises you to supply liquor during the event.

All events that are likely to attract more than 5000 patrons will be taken to be a major event unless the Agency believes that the event will not have a significant impact on the matters listed above.

Liquor must not be supplied on ANZAC day between 3am and 12noon.

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

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

The Agency will use the following criteria to determine whether a proposed event would have a significant impact and thus require this licence:

  • the likely number of patrons and the nature of the event (including primary activity and type of entertainment)
  • the location of the event and the proposed date, duration and hours of operation
  • the potential impact on emergency services organisations, public transport, and local government
  • the potential impact on the amenity or public safety of the location and surrounding area in which it is to be conducted
  • the cumulative impact of the grant of other licence applications that relate to the event where the event has been previously conducted
  • any other matter considered relevant.

Your application must be made at least 3 months before the event. Please refer to the application kit and factsheet for further details.

Ongoing requirements

In most cases the Director of Liquor Licensing will impose conditions upon granting the licence. You must comply with any conditions imposed.


Duration of the event.



Where the applicant is one of many liquor traders at the event. Fees for 2017-18.


Where the applicant is the sole liquor trader at the event. Fees for 2017-18.

VaryVariation$207.90Fees for 2017-18.
TransferTransfer$207.90Fees for 2017-18.

Administering agency

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

Act(s) name

Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 (Victoria)

Contact details

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

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


1300 182 457


03 9651 3777


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