Pre-Retail Licence - Victoria


You will require this licence if you intend to supply liquor. This applies to liquor producers, importers and wholesalers.

A pre-retail licence authorises you to:

  • supply liquor to any liquor licence holder
  • supply liquor to persons authorised to sell or supply liquor interstate for consumption outside Victoria
  • supply liquor to liquor licence holders for the purposes of export.

No trading hour restrictions apply. Under this licence, the wholesale supply of liquor is permitted at any time or place. This licence does not authorise retail sale of liquor or sale to members of the public who are not liquor licensees.

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 a suitable person to run the business
  • have adequate knowledge of liquor licensing law
  • be at least 18 years old (if applying as an individual)
  • not be disqualified from holding a licence or BYO permit under the Act.
  • pay the required fees.

You must make an application to the agency by completing the application kit. Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

Once granted any variation, relocation, transfer or surrender of a Pre-Retail Licence must be approved or endorsed by the Director of Liquor Licensing.

Conditions may be imposed upon this licence by the agency. Please review the Application Kit or contact the responsible agency for further details.

You must keep a record of sales and purchases of liquor and keep each record for a period of 5 years.


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


31 December each year.

Act(s) name

Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Liquor Control Reform Regulations 2009 Victoria

Administering agency

Department of Justice and Regulation

Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation