Retailer Licence - Northern Territory


You will need this licence if you intend to sell pharmacy medicines for minor or temporary ailments. You must be at least 25km from a pharmacy, by road. You must also refer customers to health professionals for advice on using the medication safely.

This licence authorises you to sell schedule 2 medicines, including:

  • paracetamol liquid for children
  • non-drowsy antihistamines
  • certain cough and cold remedies.

You should talk to your local health clinic or other prescribers about the range of medicines you will stock. You should refer customers buying medicines to these services for advice. You should be wary of customers making frequent or large purchases.

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 will need to provide:

  • a plan and description of your premises and the security measures
  • information about how your records will be kept
  • details of how you will check stock.


1, 2 or 3 years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $60.00

Fees for 2020 - 2021

Apply Licence All $121.00

Fees for 2020 - 2021

Act(s) name

Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 2012 Northern Territory

Regulation(s) name

Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulations 2014 Northern Territory

Additional information

You must make sure the medicines you have in stock are:

  • not tampered with
  • in good condition with the labels visible
  • within the expiry date when sold
  • stored behind the counter and not for self-service sale
  • stored at the right temperature.

You will need to keep records of all transactions for drugs and poisons you are licensed to sell for two years.

If you require any further information, please contact the department.

Administering agency

Department of Health

Medicines and Poisons Control

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:


Medicines and Poisons Control

Department of Health

Operating address: 2nd Floor
Casuarina Plaza
Casuarina NT 0810
Mailing address: Attention: Medicine & Poisons Control
PO Box 40596
Casuarina NT 0811
Phone: 08 8922 7341
Fax: 08 8922 7200
Website: Medicines and Poisons Control (Opens in new window)