​Interim restaurant authorisations available

From 31 January 2017, applicants seeking to serve liquor in restaurants and cafes under standard trading hours and conditions will be eligible to obtain an interim restaurant authorisation.

An interim restaurant authorisation allows applicants seeking an on-premises liquor licence for a restaurant to begin serving liquor as soon as they have lodged a liquor licence application online (rather than waiting for the processing of the application).

To qualify, applicants must meet certain requirements, including:

  • seeking standard trading hours, with liquor only to be sold with meals
  • have planning approval to use the premises as a restaurant or café, with the local council and community informed of the intention to serve alcohol as part of the public exhibition process
  • no authorisations, such as extended trading hours or primary service authorisation, have been applied for.

These applications are exempt from the advertising and public submission requirements under the liquor laws, as public consultation occurs as part of the development approval process.

Before restaurants and cafes start serving liquor, they will need to ensure:

  • Any staff who will be selling or serving liquor have Responsible Service of Alcohol certification, and
  • Mandatory liquor law signs are on display. 
Restaurants and cafes who are granted an interim restaurant authorisation will only be able to be supply and serve liquor  between 10am to midnight Monday to Saturday and 10am to 10pm on Sunday.

Once an interim restaurant authorisation has been issued, Liquor & Gaming NSW will continue to assess the liquor licence application as per existing arrangements. This includes assessment of the application, followed by a full grant or refusal of the licence​.

Interim restaurant authorisations will be issued from 31 January 2017. A non-refundable fee of $700 applies to all new on-premises liquor licence applications.

Licensees and venues seeking more information about the interim authorisation and eligibility criteria can email info.lgnsw@justice.nsw.gov.au or phone 1300 024 720. 

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