Small Bar Licence - New South Wales


You will need this licence if you intend to operate a small bar with a capacity of 120 patrons or fewer. This licence allows alcohol to be sold and consumed on your premises. It also allows house-made cocktails mixed on the premises to be sold for take away. It does not allow you to operate gaming machines.

Minors may also be allowed on your premises in certain circumstances, such as with a minor's authorisation.

You can apply for this licence as an individual or a corporation. Please note that if you intend to operate a bar with a capacity larger than 120 patrons, you will need to apply under other licence types that are available, such as the general bar licence.

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, the Authority must be satisfied that:

  • where required, development consent has been obtained from the local consent authority (usually the local Council) to operate a small bar during the proposed trading hours
  • you are a fit and proper person for the purpose of the licence
  • responsible serving practices will be in place
  • notification in regard to any Development Application has been provided to the relevant Agencies - if notification has not been provided within two working days, then a Community Impact Statement (CIS) is required
  • where CIS is required, that the overall social impact will not be detrimental to the well-being of the local or broader community
  • in the case of an extended trading authorisation, that the quiet and good order of the neighbourhood will not be disturbed.

Please be aware that you can apply as an individual or a corporation. If you are applying as a corporation, you must have an appointed manager that has been approved by the Authority. This is a separate application process.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $110.00

Fees for 2021-22

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Annual Liquor Licence Fees (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Liquor Act 2007 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Liquor Regulation 2018 New South Wales

Lodgement process


Lodge the application form with payment and supporting documents directly with the Authority.

Additional information

Trading hours are between midday and 2:00am. If you intend to trade outside these hours, you can apply for an extended trading authorisation. Applications for extended trading beyond 2:00am will require a Category B Community Impact Statement. This application can be lodged with the small bar licence application (there is an option for extended trading authorisation on the small bar licence application form), or after the application has been approved. An interim small bar authorisation will be issued after your application is submitted to allow you to trade immediately pending final licence approval. However, this authorisation can only be issued if you do not apply for extended trading authorisation at the time (you can still apply after application has been approved). You can apply for a minor's authorisation after your small bar licence application has been approved.

You can use the Liquor Licence Manager to view and actively manage your liquor licences.

Administering agency

Department of Customer Service

Liquor and Gaming NSW

Contact details

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

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Liquor Applications

Liquor and Gaming NSW

Department of Customer Service

New South Wales
Operating address: 4 Parramatta Square
2 Darcy Street
Parramatta, New South Wales 2150
Mailing address: GPO BOX 7060
Sydney, New South Wales 2001
Phone: 1300 024 720
Website: Liquor and Gaming NSW (Opens in new window)