Restaurant and Cafe Licence - Victoria


You will need this licence if you operate a business that serves food, such as a restaurant or cafe, and you intend to serve alcohol.

In order to hold this type of licence, your main business activity must be the preparation and serving of meals for consumption on the premises. You may only serve alcohol during ordinary trading hours (9:00 AM - 11:00 PM). Trading hours may be extended to 1:00 AM on particular days.

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 apply for a liquor licence
  • have adequate knowledge of liquor licensing law
  • be at least 18 years old, if you are applying as an individual
  • not be currently disqualified from holding a liquor licence or BYO Permit
  • ensure that the main business activity undertaken at your premises is preparing and serving meals to patrons at the premises.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

In most cases the Agency will impose conditions upon granting the licence. You must comply with any conditions imposed.

All licences are subject to the following conditions:

  • meals must be offered at the premises at all times
  • licensees must ensure tables and chairs are available for at least 75% of patrons attending the premises at any one time
  • the licensee must not permit the live performance of music or the playing of recorded music on the premises at higher than background level at any time outside ordinary trading hours (unless the music is part of a private function)
  • if the licence is held by a corporation or other organisation, each director of the organisation must be approved by the agency
  • tables and chairs must be available to at least 75% of the patrons attending the premises
  • providing free drinking water patrons.


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Act(s) name

Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 Victoria

Approval time

You must lodge your application at least 8 weeks in advance. The time taken to process an application will vary depending on the circumstances of the case.

Administering agency

Department of Justice and Community Safety

Liquor Control Victoria

Contact details

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