You may require a liquor licence if you intend to serve alcohol at an event that cannot be covered by another type of licence. This licence allows you to supply and sell liquor to people attending an event or function. An event or function means a gathering, occasion, including a sporting contest, show, exhibition, trade or other fair or reception. Examples of functions covered include:
- exhibitions or shows where an entry fee is charged and liquor is offered
- hire limousine services where alcohol is included
- offering any service with free champagne.
An occasional liquor licence can be granted to authorise the sale of liquor for a function being held over a few hours or a number of days. Each licence cannot cover a period of more than 21 days between the start of the first function and the end of the last function.
Please note that certain activities may be exempt from the need to obtain this licence. Exemptions may apply to small charter vehicles, organisers of functions on licensed premises, farmers' markets, complimentary supply of liquor by business, occasional functions, and live entertainment venues. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
To be eligible for the licence you must:
- be a fit and proper person
- complete the required forms
- pay the prescribed fee.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.
Fees vary between $53 to $4511 depending upon the expected number of people.
Applications must be lodged within the prescribed timeframe. The lodgement timeframe depends upon the size of your proposed event: 14 days for up to 500 people; 30 days for up to 5000 people and 60 days for over 5000 people.
Most Applications must be lodged online via the Agency's website. In regional WA, an application can be lodged with the local court where the amount of people expected to attend the event / function will be under 500 people or the duration of the event will be less than 7 days.
Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor
Liquor Control Act 1988 (Western Australia)
Liquor Control Regulations 1989 (Western Australia)
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