Nightclub licence - Queensland

Description

You will need a nightclub licence if your main business activity is selling liquor for consumption on licensed premises while providing entertainment. This licence type also allows you to provide liquor to customers who are consuming a meal that is prepared and served to be eaten on the licensed premises until 5pm when no entertainment is provided.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Exemptions

Part 1, division 4 of the Liquor Act 1992 sets out licence exemptions for certain activities. Read more about exempt businesses.

Eligibility requirements

Must have

Fit and proper person

All liquor licensees must meet the criteria outlined in Guideline 07: Fit and proper or suitable person.

Might need

Approved manager

Certain licence types require an individual licensee or an approved manager to be on site or reasonably available during ordinary trading hours and extended trading hours between 7am and 10am. For more information read Guideline 43: Approved managers.

RMLV training

Individual applicants (and/or an individual as approved manager) may need responsible management of licensed venues (RMLV) training.

Duration

Annual licence fees are due by 31 July each year.

Fees

Common Fees details for this service in table format.

Type Amount Description
Application $89.00

Application for registration of financial interest

Application $89.00

Application for temporary authority

Application $89.00

Application to change the name of the premises

Application $89.00

Application to conduct a business or supply a service on licensed premises

Application $338.60

Application to let, sublet or enter into a management agreement

Application $89.00

Approval of a changed risk-assessed management plan (RAMP)

Application $67.70

Approval for the gratuitous supply of liquor for a particular event or occasion in any part of licensed premises

Application $104.50

An application other than in relation to the tribunal, not previously mentioned in schedule 1

Application -

All liquor licences in Queensland are subject to a base fee plus any additional fee calculated by the risk criteria. The risk criteria relate to trading hours and compliance history. All fees are indexed annually and are payable by 31 July each year.

In some cases annual fees may be paid by instalments. For more information see Guideline 56: Payment of annual liquor licence fees by instalments.

Note: The OLGR credit card payment authority form can be used for credit card payments of all OLGR fees. OLGR will not accept credit card details by fax or email, including PDF attachments. If an email is received with credit card details, it will be deleted immediately and your form will not be processed. This is in accordance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard.

Application $1342.00

Application for a liquor licence

Licence $130.60

Application for duplicate licence

Miscellaneous $39.00

Criminal history check (per person)

Miscellaneous $504.80

Risk criterion: Approved extended trading hours for the licensed premises between 9am and 10am (during weekends only)

Miscellaneous $671.10

Risk criterion: Approved extended trading hours for the licensed premises between 9am and 10am (otherwise)

Miscellaneous $38.00

Application for a search of the register

Miscellaneous $6520.00

Risk criterion (compliance history): An infringement notice was served on the licensee and the licensee paid the fine in the previous licence period

Miscellaneous $13040.00

Risk criterion (compliance history): The Commissioner decides to take disciplinary action relating to the licence, and - in the previous licence period - the licensee did not appeal against the decision or the tribunal confirmed or set aside the decision or substituted another decision

Miscellaneous $26070.00

Risk criterion (compliance history): The Commissioner decides to take disciplinary action relating to the licence, and - in the previous licence period - the licensee was convicted of a supply offence, and the offence was taken to have contributed to the death of a person or a serious assault committed against a person on or near the licensed premises

Miscellaneous $1010.00

Risk criterion: Approved extended trading hours for the licensed premises between 7am and 9am (during weekends only)

Miscellaneous $1342.00

Risk criterion: Approved extended trading hours for the licensed premises between 7am and 9am (otherwise)

Miscellaneous $7570.00

Risk criterion: Approved extended trading hours for the licensed premises between 12am and 3am (during weekends only)

Miscellaneous $10080.00

Risk criterion: Approved extended trading hours for the licensed premises between 12am and 3am (otherwise)

Miscellaneous $2520.00

Risk criterion: Approved extended trading hours for licensed premises between 12am and 1am (during weekends only)

Miscellaneous $3360.00

Risk criterion: Approved extended trading hours for licensed premises between 12am and 1am (otherwise)

Miscellaneous $5040.00

Risk criterion: Approved extended trading hours for licensed premises between 12am and 2am (during weekends only).

Miscellaneous $6720.00

Risk criterion: Approved extended trading hours for licensed premises between 12am and 2am (otherwise).

Renewal $3630.00

Annual fee for a nightclub licence

Transfer $338.60

Application for transfer of a liquor licence

Variation $201.90

Application for permanent variation of licence

Variation $67.70

Application for temporary variation of licence

Act(s) name

Liquor Act 1992 QLD

Regulation(s) name

Liquor (Approval of Adult Entertainment Code) Regulation 2002 QLD

Liquor (Rapid Intoxication Drinks) Amendment Regulation (No.1) 2016 QLD

Liquor Regulation 2002 QLD

Application process

You must submit the following to the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR):

  • Form 1: Application for a liquor licence
  • Form 5: Personal details schedule for each individual who is a party to the application
  • Form 6: Application for registration of financial interest
  • prescribed application fees (including the fee for criminal history check)
  • a layout plan (scale 1:100)
  • a location plan
  • town planning consent
  • a current title search
  • a registered plan of survey.

You may also be required to submit:

In addition to the above, all applicants must undergo a criminal history and other relevant probity checks to hold a liquor licence. You may also be required to advertise your licence application. Note: If you do not submit all items correctly, OLGR will not process your application.

Renew

Once your licence is granted you can pay your annual fees and manage your details using OLGR?s client portal.

Annual fees are payable by 31 July each year. If 31 July is not a business day, then the next business day will be the due date. Fees must be paid by the due date or the licence will be automatically suspended, and then cancelled after 28 days if the fee remains outstanding.

Variations to licence conditions

Complete the following forms to apply for either temporary or permanent variations to your licence conditions:

  • Form 17: Application for temporary variation of licence
  • Form 19: Application for a permanent variation of licence.

Additional licences or permits

Once you hold a licence, you may also apply separately for any of the following permits or extensions to your licence:

Temporary move of licensed premises

You will need to complete Form 28: Application for temporary authority if your licensed premises are temporarily moving to a new location (e.g. if the current premises are being rebuilt, refurbished or is damaged by fire).

Transfer

You can apply to transfer your licence by completing a Form 3: Application for transfer of a liquor licence. You should lodge your application for transfer 6-8 weeks before the proposed settlement date to allow sufficient time for processing.

Note: The new business operator has no authority to sell and supply wine or liquor until a transfer is approved and the applicant has become the licensee.

Additional information

Conducting other business

A licensee must not conduct business on the licensed premises other than that authorised by the licence; however, in special circumstances you may be granted permission (e.g. in a locality where the service is not already provided, such as to sell newspapers etc.).

If you intend to conduct another business on your licensed premises you must email OLGR and pay the applicable fee.

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.

Liquor guidelines

A range of liquor guidelines have been developed to help new licensees with the application process and their compliance obligations.

Administering agency

Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation

Licensing Division

Contact details

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

Licensing Division

Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation

Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Mailing address: Locked Bag 180
City East, Queensland 4002
Phone: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
Fax: 07 3872 0998
Email: OLGRlicensing@justice.qld.gov.au