Retailer Licence - Northern Territory


You will need this licence if you intend to sell pharmacy medicines for minor or temporary illness. 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 and refer customers buying medicines to these services for advice. 

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 be a suitable person to hold the licence and provide:

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

Ongoing eligibility requirements

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


1, 2 or 3 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $67.00

One year. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $134.00

Two years. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $201.00

Three years. Fees for 2023-24

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.

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.