Liquor Licence - On Premises - Australian Capital Territory


You will require this licence if you intend to sell liquor (alcohol) at a single licensed premises in open containers for consumption at the premises. This licence category includes three subclasses of licence:

  • Bar licences: for premises that predominantly serve liquor at the premises;
  • Nightclub licences: for premises that predominantly have dancing and entertainment; and
  • Restaurant and cafe licences: for premises that predominantly serve meals for consumption on the premises.

Liquor is defined as a substance that can be ingested and contains more than 1.15 percent by volume of ethanol.

Please be aware that separate licensing requirements may apply for the sale of alcohol on university premises.

Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Service type


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:

  • Submit an application form;
  • Be a fit and proper person for the purpose of the licence;
  • Be 18 years or older;
  • Have an understanding of the Liquor Act;
  • Have successfully completed an approved Responsible Service of Alcohol training course. This training is required every 3 years;
  • Comply with the standards manual and any other requirements that may be set;
  • Submitted a risk assessment management plan; and
  • Pay any required fees.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.




Licence expires on 30 November each year.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $2262.00 -
Renew Renewal All -

Renewal costs vary according to the occupancy loading and the times the club is licensed to operate. Minimum cost: $2695; Maximum cost: $18,885.

Transfer Transfer All $1699.00 -
Vary Variation All $124.00 -

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All Guide to Completing a Risk Assessment Management Plan - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Act(s) name

Liquor Act 2010 ACT

Regulation(s) name

Liquor Regulation 2010 ACT

Lodgement process


You will also be required to lodge a police criminal history check when you submit your application. Your completed application form, associated documentation (as outlined on the application form) and the required fees must be lodged directly with the Office of Regulatory Services, Business and Industry Licensing Unit. Payment of the National Police Check should be made directly to the Australian Federal Police.

Approval time

Six weeks.

Administering agency

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Access Canberra

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Enquiries, Liquor Licensing and Permits

Access Canberra

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Mailing address: General Post Office Box 158
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, 2601
Phone: 02 6207 4000
Phone: 13 22 81