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. In 2017, 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 have been introduced in 2017 to encourage all licensees to maintain safe and compliant low-risk venues.
Important dates in 2017:
Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Annual liquor licence fees will be assessed by Liquor & Gaming NSW
The fee is based on the conditions on the licence at this date.
Monday, 29 May 2017
Liquor licence fees are due.
Tuesday, 27 June 2017
A licence will be suspended and a late payment fee applied if annual
fees are not paid in full.
Tuesday, 25 July 2017
A licence will be cancelled if any part of the licence fee remains
Monday, 18 September 2017
Deadline to apply to reinstate a cancelled licence (subject to payment
of all outstanding fees, including late fees and a $250 application fee).
The Secretary can re-assess an annual fee if an error is made in a fee amount, and may also waive certain elements of the fee if satisfied the applicant is experiencing financial hardship.
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)