You will require this licence if you operate a business and intend to supply small amounts of alcohol to your customers or guests. This licence applies in circumstances where alcohol is only supplied on a restricted or limited scale. For example, you may wish to apply for this licence if you operate any of the following:
- bed and breakfast (B&B)
- small winery
- internet gift business
- off-site catering
- small motel with mini-bar facilities
- caravan park
- gift-making business.
The following types of businesses are exempt from the requirement to hold a liquor licence, providing that certain conditions are complied with:
- bed and breakfast businesses
- 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.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
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.
The following types of businesses are not permitted to be licensed:
- drive-in cinemas
- petrol stations
- convenience stores or milk bars.
Please consult the Agency for further information and advice.
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.
A licence cannot be transferred or varied without the approval of the agency.
For further information on whether your business requires this licence, please contact the responsible agency.
12 months or from date granted until end of that calendar year.
31 December each year.
Fees for 2016-17.
Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted with your application.
Fees for 2016-17.
Fees for 2016-17.
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.
Department of Justice and Regulation
Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation
Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 (Victoria)
Liquor Control Reform Regulations 2009 (Victoria)
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