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How the fee works

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:

  • a base fee, plus
  • risk-based loadings (if applicable). 
Risk based loading fees include:
  • a trading hours risk loading, and
  • compliance risk loadings, including compliance history risk loading, patron capacity risk loading and location risk loading. 

Impact of the independent review of liquor law reforms on risk loadings​

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.​

Do I have to pay an annual liquor licence fee if I am currently not trading?

If you cease trading for six weeks or more you need to notify Liquor & Gaming NSW and complete the Cease to trade form (PDF, 98KB).

You will still need to pay your annual liquor licence fee as your licence will still be valid.

Keep your details up to date

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.