​Community impact statement​​s

    What is a community impact statement?

    A community impact statement (CIS) is a written summary that describes the potential harm a liquor licence might have on a neighbourhood.

    This allows the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority (ILGA) to be aware of the impact that granting an application will have on a local community.

    As a potential licence holder, it is your responsibility to talk to your local community about any concerns people have with your application for a liquor licence.

    A CIS helps ILGA understand the impact a licence will have on your community.

    ILGA cannot grant a licence, authorisation or approval unless you show us that the overall social impact of your licence will not affect the wellbeing of your community.

    When do I need a CIS?

    You must include a CIS with the papers you lodge to L&GNSW when you apply for certain types of liquor licences or authorisations.

    • a hotel licence
    • a club licence
    • some small bar licences
    • most packaged liquor licences
    • most on-premises licences for public entertainment venues
    • most extended trading authorisations
    • most licence removals to other premises.

    You must complete your CIS at least 30 days before lodging your application.

    Which type of CIS do I need?

    Different types of liquor licence applications require different types of CIS. There are two types of CIS:

    • Category A
    • Category B

    The main difference between Category A and Category B is who you need to notify. You must consult more people to prepare a Category B CIS.

    Category A CIS is for:

    • A packaged liquor licence limited to the sale or supply of alcohol via phone, fax, mail order or website.
    • The removal of the above licence to other premises
    • Extended trading for an on-premises licence – if the authorisation allows the liquor sales on a Sunday between 5am and 10am or between 10pm and midnight. This doesn't include sales to residents of the licensed premises and their guests.
    • A primary service authorisation under the Liquor Act 2007. For example, where a restaurant wants to sell liquor without meals.
    • Any other application where ILGA thinks there is potential for community harm.

    FS3075 How to prepare a Category A CIA (PDF, 211KB).

    FM2009 Category A community impact statement form (PDF, 212KB).

    Category B CIS is for:

    • a hotel licence
    • a club licence
    • a small bar licence (an exemption applies where development consent is required and notice is provided to the local police and Secretary of the Department of Industry within two days of the development application)
    • a packaged liquor licence (such as a bottleshop or retail liquor store)
    • an on-premises licence for a public entertainment venue other than a cinema or a theatre
    • extended trading for each of the above licences
    • an application to remove each of the above licences to other premises
    • an extended trading authorisation for an on-premises licence if the authorisation allows liquor sales at any time between midnight and 5am
    • extended trading for a producer/wholesaler licence – if the authorisation allows liquor sales by retail between midnight and 5am. This doesn't include sales to residents of the licensed premises and their guests.
    • any other application where ILGA thinks there is potential for community harm.

    FS3076 How to prepare a category B CIS (PDF, 257KB).

    FM2010 Category B community impact statement form (PDF, 272KB).

    Why is a CIS important?

    A CIS helps ILGA to understand any concerns your community may have about your liquor licence proposal.

    The CIS process also helps you to learn about the views of your community – including the local council, police and interest groups – before you commit to your application.

    With this information, you can make a well-informed decision whether to go ahead with, modify or withdraw your proposal. You can also identify ways to change your application to reduce any negative impacts.

    ​Public submissions

    Early consultation tells the community about your proposal and helps to reduce negative reaction when the Authority asks for submissions.

    We will place your CIS on public display on the liquor application noticeboard before we determine your proposal.

    People or organisations that are notified of a proposal will also be notified of the application if the proposal goes ahead. They will be able to view the CIS and make submissions directly to the Authority.

    Essential CIS preparation tips

    You must be careful how you prepare and complete your CIS. You may need professional advice for more complex or contentious applications.

    We may ask you to revise your CIS if it is incomplete or unsatisfactory.

    A CIS could be inadequate if you do not:

    • consult all relevant community members
    • describe how you conducted the consultation
    • include discussion on issues people raise
    • include information on how you will deal with any concerns.

    How to consider community responses

    It is important to think about the following questions when you review community responses to your proposal:

    1. What are the main issues?
    2. What are the negative responses?
    3. What are the positive responses?
    4. Which issues need further discussion?
    5. How strongly does your community feel about these issues?
    6. Do different stakeholders have similar issues?
    7. Have you established any relationships with your local community that may help resolve any future issues?
    8. Have you developed any ideas as a result of the consultation?
    9. Do you need to make any changes to your proposal because of community feedback?


    Community concerns and benefits

    ILGA cannot grant a licence, authorisation or approval unless it is satisfied that the overall social impact will not be detrimental to the well-being of the local or broader community.

    It is therefore important you do your best to resolve any important community issues before you lodge an application for a liquor licence.

    People may have concerns about:

    • disturbance to their neighbourhood from your venue or patrons
    • alcohol-related crime or anti-social behaviour
    • alcohol-related health problems
    • more pedestrian or motor traffic
    • drink driving and drink walking
    • more domestic violence linked t​o alcohol
    • litter and other pollution generated by your venue.

    Community benefits may include:

    • new social and recreational choices
    • more opportunities for live music and other artists
    • jobs and economic activity.


    Prepare for public display

    A CIS must show how you will handle community issues. It must also describe any changes you have made to your proposal after talking to your community.

    If you could not reach a resolution, your CIS must note the issues and include a brief description of your attempts to settle them.

    It is important to make sure all information in your CIS reflects community responses because it will go on public display.