General Licence - Victoria

Description

You will require this licence if you operate a business and you intend to provide alcohol to your customers. This applies to pubs, hotels and holiday resorts, as well as other businesses that supply alcohol to customers. A general licence authorises you to:

  • supply liquor to customers on your premises during ordinary trading hours for consumption on and off the premises
  • supply liquor at any time to a resident, or guest of a resident, of the licensed premises
  • supply liquor to guests.

Liquor must not be supplied on ANZAC day between 5am and 12noon.

The following types of businesses are exempt from holding this licence, providing that certain conditions are complied with:

  • bed and breakfast businesses
  • florists
  • giftmakers
  • hairdressers
  • butchers
  • hospitals
  • residential care services
  • retirement villages
  • cruise ships.

To apply, complete the Liquor Licence Application Kit General Licence form.

Other forms and related documents are available on the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation website.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Licence

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 at least 18 years old, If you are applying as an individual
  • not be disqualified from holding a licence or BYO permit under the Act
  • consent to a national police check
  • complete the relevant forms
  • provide any additional information required by the agency.

Please note that the agency may refuse to grant a licence if:

  • it would detract from the amenity of the area in which your premises are located
  • it would encourage the misuse or abuse of alcohol
  • you, or the directors of your organisation do not have sufficient knowledge of liquor licensing law
  • you, or your organisation, are not suitable to hold a licence.

Please consult the Agency for further information and advice.

Prerequisites

Ongoing eligibility requirements

Ongoing requirements include:

  • compliance with all relevant provisions of the applicable planning scheme
  • if the licence is held by a corporation or other organisation, all directors of the organisation must be approved by the Agency
  • the supply of alcohol for consumption off the licensed premises must not be the whole of your ordinary business of supplying alcohol.

Venues that host sexually explicit entertainment are subject to additional requirements. You must notify the agency in writing within 21 days of starting to provide sexually explicit entertainment on your premises.

Duration

12 months or from date granted until end of that calendar year.

Expiry

31 December each year.

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $461.30

Fees for 2017-18.

Renew Renewal All -

Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted with your application.

Transfer Transfer All $207.90

Fees for 2017-18.

Vary Variation All $207.90

Fees for 2017-18.

Forms

Lodgement process

Apply

Please submit your completed application together with all specified accompanying documentation referred to in the application kit directly with the Agency. Once an application is received, and relevant checks and inquiries completed, a decision will be made by the Director of Liquor Licensing to either grant or refuse the application.

In most cases the Director will impose conditions upon the licence. The time taken to process an application will vary according to individual circumstances.

Administering agency

Department of Justice and Regulation

Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation

Contact details

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

Licensing Officer

Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation

Department of Justice and Regulation

Operating address: 49 Elizabeth Street
Richmond
Victoria 3121
Mailing address: GPO BOX 1988
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Phone: 1300 182 457
Fax: 03 9651 3777
Email: contact@vcglr.vic.gov.au
Website: Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (Opens in new window)