To apply for a liquor licence in NSW, or vary the conditions of
an existing licence, Surry Partners can assist you with legal
advice and services.
Types of Liquor Licences
In NSW, there are 7 categories of liquor licences, which will
depend on the type of venue and manner in which the liquor is
served. The different types include:
Packaged (can be online)
You may also manage the aspects of your licence to suit how you
wish to run your business, such as whether liquor may be served
without a meal.
Steps required in preparing a liquor licence Application
To apply for a liquor licence, a number of formal documents must
be prepared before lodging the application. Some applications will
also require you to complete a Community Impact Statement (CIS)
You then need to lodge the correct application form with the
Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority (ILGA) and notify the
relevant stakeholders within the specified timeframes. The
application forms are generally extensive and complex, and any
errors or absent documents may result in the ILGA denying your
application and you will need to begin the process again.
Being based in Surry Hills, Surry Partners Lawyers is on the
border of Sydney's liquor licence freeze zone and is well aware
of the implications the freeze may have on a business'
prospects of applying for a particular liquor licence. The freeze
bans the granting of most new liquor licences and altering the
conditions of an existing licensed premises. The freeze is set to
be reassessed in February 2017. For further explanation of how the
freeze may affect you, please contact Surry Partners Lawyers.
A map showing the areas the freeze applies to is below.
Cost of the Application
The fees and charges of a liquor licence application will vary
on the type of licence, varying from $80 for a single function
limited licence to $2,500 for a permanent hotel licence. There are
also ongoing annual fees forming part of the cost of the liquor
When applying for a liquor licence for your business it is
important to seek legal advice. Surry Partners understands the
needs of small and medium sized businesses and prides itself on
offering cost-effective outcomes to its clients in meeting their
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