On-Premises Licence - Victoria


You will require this licence if you operate a business or club that supplies alcohol for consumption on the premises. This licence is appropriate for pubs and clubs, as well as other businesses that supply alcohol.

An on-premises licence authorises you to:

  • supply liquor on the premises during ordinary trading hours
  • supply liquor between 11PM and 1AM on the following day if approved by the agency
  • if authorised by the agency, to supply liquor in an open container for consumption in a food court.

Licensees who intend to extend their hours past 1am may need to apply for a Late Night (On-Premises) Licence.

An on-premises licence does not authorise you to supply alcohol for consumption off the premises (take away or retail sales).

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

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 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 responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

You must comply with all conditions imposed on your licence. Ongoing requirements include:

  • compliance with the applicable planning scheme
  • if the licence is held by a corporation, or other organisation, all directors must be approved by the agency
  • alcohol must not be sold between 3AM and 12 noon on ANZAC day.
Different requirements apply to licensed venues that hold sexually explicit entertainment.


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


31 December each year.


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.

Act(s) name

Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 VIC

Regulation(s) name

Liquor Control Reform Regulations 2009 VIC

Lodgement process


Please submit your 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.


Each year in December a renewal form will be mailed to the licence holder.

Approval time

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
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)