Licensing in NSW is built on a user-pays system, which recognises that those who benefit from the licensed industry should contribute to the cost of its regulation. The responsibility is shared by rural, regional and urban communities across the state.
Every holder of a NSW liquor licence needs to pay an annual liquor licence fee. The fee is calculated using the following model:
In 2016 the effectiveness of the annual liquor licence fee system was assessed as part of the independent liquor law review by the Hon Ian Callinan AC QC. The independent liquor law review found the annual liquor licence fee system was an appropriate measure to encourage venues to comply with the law and a valid way for licensees to contribute to the regulation of the industry.
As a result, compliance risk loadings were introduced in 2017 to encourage all licensees to maintain safe and compliant low-risk venues.
Update the contact details associated with your liquor licence to ensure you do not miss important notices regarding payment of your annual liquor licence fee.
Check your liquor licence authorisations and conditions to see whether you may be able to apply for a trading hours loading exemption or reduce your annual fee by reducing your trading hours.
Update your liquor licence contact details
Liquor laws review
FS3077 Annual liquor licence fee 2017 fact sheet (PDF, 241KB)
FS3079 Vessel industry: 2017 annual liquor licence fee fact sheet (PDF, 194KB)