How do I receive my permit?
If your application is approved, a copy of the permit will be emailed to you. You must prominently display the permit for the duration of the event or function. How and where you display the permit is at your discretion, unless otherwise stated.
What is an event management plan and when is it required?
The event management plan is a document designed to assist event organisers through the planning process of a high risk event.
If your event is considered high-risk (see Liquor guideline 32: Community liquor permits and commercial public event permits
(approvals for high risk public events) and Liquor guideline 33: High-risk community and commercial public events
you will be required to complete an event management plan and submit it with this community liquor permit application.
The event management plan must be provided to an OLGR Officer or Queensland Police Officer upon request prior to, during, or after the event has taken place.
Event managers need to be aware that the provision and consumption of alcohol must be carefully considered when organising an event. Ineffective alcohol management, particularly irresponsible serving practices, can create risks for staff, event patrons and the public. The event management plan focuses on the issues which, if handled correctly, can improve the quality and safety of public events.
Is there a restriction on the hours I can sell liquor?
Standard trading hours are between 10am to 12 midnight.
Police endorsement is required if you wish to apply to trade between 12 midnight and 10 am. In this case, you must contact the Officer-in-Charge of the local police station to obtain their endorsement prior to lodging your application with OLGR. Police may provide endorsement by telephone or may require you to print and submit your application in person for endorsement.
Visit the Queensland Police Service to find contact details of the police station responsible for the location in which the event will be held. You will be required to provide details of the Officer-in-Charge you obtained endorsement from, their station, telephone number and date endorsement was provided.
Community liquor permit trading hours cannot extend beyond 12 midnight on the days immediately prior to Good Friday, Anzac Day and Christmas Day.
What if my event is going to be held in a public place?
If your event or function is to be held in a public place or a venue controlled by your local council (e.g. local park, community centre) you must obtain prior approval from the relevant council. Council may provide endorsement by telephone or may require you to print and submit your application in person for endorsement.
Visit the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs to find contact details of your local council. You will be required to provide details of the Council representative you obtained endorsement from. This person must be authorised to provide comment on behalf of Council.
What is a liquor consumption area?
The consumption of liquor at your event must take place within a designated area containing one or multiple serving points and clearly defined by the following:
If the consumption area is to be located outdoors, then it should be defined by temporary/permanent fencing of at least one metre in height (please note: chalk marking or signage only is not acceptable). Examples of outdoor consumptions areas may include - next to clubhouse, adjoining school hall, located on the northern side of sporting field etc.
If the consumption area is located within the bounds of a room or building, then you will be required to indicate the name of the building/hall. Examples of indoor consumption areas may include - community recreation centre, conference room, school/assembly hall, multi-purpose room etc. Measurements of the consumption area/s must be provided in your application. If more than one consumption area is required, patrons cannot move between consumption areas while in possession of liquor unless the areas are joined. Adequate signage indicating the extent of the consumption area and that liquor is not to be removed from the consumption area must be displayed at all times during the permitted trading hours.
Do I need to provide security at my event?
Providing adequate security/crowd controllers at your event will assist minimising the risks which the event organiser/permittee is responsible for. The number of security providers required is assessed on the level of risk associated with the type of event, patron numbers and the length of trading hours. Volunteer security is also an option for lower risk events.
As a general rule, OLGR recommends the following minimum security ratio:
The number of crowd controllers prescribed for premises is the number stated for the following number of patrons of the premises -
not more than 100 patrons - 1
more than 100 but not more than 200 patrons - 2
more than 200 but not more than 300 patrons - 3
more than 300 but not more than 400 patrons - 4
more than 400 but not more than 500 patrons - 5
more than 500 patrons - 5, plus at least 1 crowd controller for each 250 patrons, or part of 250, more than 500.
Do I need to employ staff with responsible service of alcohol (RSA) certification?
The permittee must take reasonable steps to ensure that any volunteer staff involved in the service or supply of liquor is under the general supervision of a person holding a current RSA training certificate.
Can I raffle liquor?
Liquor can be offered as a prize only if it has a retail value less than $1,000. If conducting a raffle and ticket sales are going to exceed $50,000, you must apply for a category 3 gaming licence from OLGR.. Please contact OLGR on 13 QGOV (13 74 68) if you think you will require a licence.
Can children/minors attend an event where liquor is being supplied?
Yes, as long as that minor is in the company of a responsible adult at all times.
Can I obtain a permit to sell liquor online?
The Queensland Liquor Act 1992 does not have provision to allow the sale of liquor on a one-off or temporary basis on internet sites such as eBay. Advertisements or listings you may have seen on online auction sites may have been approved through another State.
If we have a community other licence, can we apply for a community liquor permit for the same licensed area to allow general public to attend?
Yes. In addition to the community liquor permit application, you will need to submit the Form 16: Application for temporary change in licensed area requesting to decrease the licensed area covered by your community other licence. Both applications need to be submitted at the same time.
Compliance for licensees
All licensees under the Liquor Act 1992 must comply with the conditions of their respective licences.
Read more about compliance for liquor licensees.