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​Trading hours risk loading

A trading hours risk loading will be included in the calculation of annual liquor licence fees if a premises is authorised to regularly trade after midnight. The loading must be paid regardless of whether the premises actually trades after midnight.

Licensees that are permitted to trade after midnight can reduce their annual liquor licence fee by applying for an occasional extended trading condition (OETC) to be imposed on their licence.

You could be eligible to reduce your risk loading for 2018 annual fee by applying for an Occasional Extended Trading Condition (OETC).

Applications for the 2018 occasional extended trading condition (OETC) will open in October 2017. 

Venues exempt from trading hours risk loading fee​

The loading will not apply to:​

  • producer/wholesaler licence, unless it has a drink-on premises authorisation
  • on-premises licence relating to a restaurant, unless it has a primary service authorisation;
  • on-premises licence relating to accommodation premises, an airport or catering service;
  • small bar licence;
  • limited licence (multi-function);
  • hotel licence that was formerly a community liquor licence;
  • a hotel or club licence that​ meets the criteria for a tourist accommodation exemption (for more information, see below); or 
  • licensed premises that meets the criteria for a remote population exemption (for more information, see below).

Tourist accommodation exemption

Applications for tourist accommodation exemptions closed on Wednesday, 15 March 2017.

Note: If you had notified L&GNSW of your eligibility in previous years, you did not need to submit an online form again.

A hotel or club that provides tourist accommodation is not required to pay a trading hours risk loading fee where the hotel or club meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • provides accommodation in at least 20 rooms or self-contained suites (other than dormitory-style accommodation),
  • provides beverages, meals and other associated services to residents and guests, and
  • bars only operate after midnight primarily to sell or supply liquor to residents and their guests, or persons attending a function or conference by invitation-only e.g. weddings or work conferences.

The trading hours risk loading fee is payable under the annual liquor licence fee if the hotel or club is authorised to sell or supply liquor to the broader general public after midnight on a regular basis.

Remote population exemption​

Liquor licensees in remote or regional locations are not​ required to pay a trading hours risk loading fee if the licensed premises meets ALL of the following criteria:

  • in a regional locality of less than 1,000 people,​ with no large transient population,
  • more than 5km from a town of 1,000 to 5,000 people; and
  • more than 20km from a larger town or city (over 5,000 people).

If you think you are eligible for a remote population trading hours fee exemption, but this has not been reflected in your annual liquor licence fee notice, you can apply for reassessment of your fee.

Applications for fee reassessment closed on Monday, 24 July 2017.