A one-off extended hours permit allows licensees and permit holders to extend current trading hours for a one-off occasion.
One-off trading hours can apply to liquor licensing, wine licensing and gaming licensing.
(From 1 February to 31 July 2020, one-off extended hours permit application fees will be waived.
This is part of the Queensland Government's immediate industry recovery package to help local government, business and industry who are dealing with the effects of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Note: The number of temporary extended trading hours permits that can be issued for trading prior to 10am is still limited to 4 dates per any 1-year period. Permits for trading between 12 midnight and 5am are still limited to 6 dates per calendar year.)
The permitted length of the extension will depend on the nature of the event or function and the type of licence you hold.
The maximum number of liquor extended trading hours permits that may be granted for a particular licensed premises are:
- 6 permits in a calendar year for trading between midnight and 5am
- 4 permits in any 1 year period for pre-10am trading.
The number of permits in a period refers to the number of permits that authorise the sale of alcohol on a day in that period (not the number of permits granted in the period).
Note: In relation to the calendar year in which the premises becomes a licensed premises, the number of permits is worked out on a pro-rata basis according to the number of calendar months in the calendar year in which the premises is licensed. For example, a premises becomes a licensed premises on 20 July 2018. For the balance of the 2018 calendar year, there are 6 calendar months in which the premises is licensed. Therefore, 3 single day permits in that period are allowed.
Before applying, please read 'Applications' for important information about the minimum timeframe required to process your application.
Permits to trade between 12 midnight and 5am
New requirements when applying for a post-midnight permit:
Each of the 6 post-midnight permits can be for no more than 1 date in a calendar month.
An exception may be made if you have a special occasion that runs over 2 or more consecutive days in a calendar month. In this situation, you may apply for a one-off extended trading hours permit for 2 or more days in that month. All dates within the same calendar month must be for the same special occasion. If 2 dates are approved, this will count as 2 one-off extended trading hours permits.
- Under the new legislation, a post-midnight permit will only be granted: for a special occasion for which a person - independent of the licensee, owner or occupier of the licensed premises - wishes to celebrate at the licensed premise for the period of the special occasion and for a reasonable time period before and after the event.
The Act defines a 'special occasion' as:
- a unique or infrequent special public event of local, state or national significance. Examples of special public events include a local music festival or a televised international sporting match involving an Australian team
- a private function not open to the public, such as a wedding or birthday.
The Commissioner for Liquor and Gaming may only grant an extended trading hours permit that he believes satisfies the new criteria.
Applications received within 21 days of the event will not be accepted.