Liquor licensing in NSW is built on a user-pays system, where those who benefit from the licensed industry contribute to the cost of its regulation.
Every holder of a NSW liquor licence needs to pay an annual liquor licence fee. The fee is calculated using the following model:
As a result of the independent liquor law review by the Hon Ian Callinan AC QC in 2016, compliance risk loadings were introduced in 2017 to encourage all licensees to maintain safe and compliant low-risk premises and contribute to the regulation of the industry.
Risk-based loading includes:
The following base fees applied in 2018.
Note: No GST applies to fees
This loading applies if a premise is authorised to regularly trade after midnight.
Trading hours risk loading
Note: No GST applies to fees or loadingYou can reduce your trading hours risk loading by applying for an occasional extended trading condition. Applications for
occasional extended trading conditions closed on 15 March.
If you hold a hotel or registered club licence that provides tourist accommodation you may be eligible to apply for a tourist accommodation exemption - which will remove the requirement to pay trading hours risk loading. Applications for tourist accommodation exemptions closed on 15 March.
Read more information about trading hours risk loading here.
Compliance risk loadings apply if, in the past calendar year, licensees and managers have committed serious liquor law offences, or a premises was listed as a declared premises under the violent venues scheme.
Compliance risk loadings include:
Compliance history risk loading is based on the compliance history of your liquor licence in the previous calendar year. The level of your loading depends on the number of prescribed offence events committed by the licensee or manager of your licensed premises, or if your venue was listed as a Level 1 or 2 declared premises under the violent venues scheme.
Your loading is calculated using the following criteria:
If more than one of these loadings applies to your licence, you will only pay the highest amount.
Patron capacity risk loading applies if you need to pay a compliance history risk loading. Your patron capacity risk loading is based on the number of people your premises is allowed to hold:
Note: Accommodation areas are not included in the patron capacity of a licensed premises.
No GST applies to fee or loading
Read more about patron capacity risk loadings here.
Location risk loading will only apply if you are subject to compliance history risk loading.
The $2,000 location risk loading applies to venues in the Kings Cross and Sydney CBD precincts. No GST applies to the loading.
Read more about location risk loadings here.
A late payment fee applies if you don't pay your licence fee by the due date, 26 June. Your licence will also be suspended.
Late payment fee waiver applications closed on 25 July.
If you applied for a late payment fee waiver and were not informed of the outcome before 20 July, you should pay the late payment fee in full.
If you were informed that your application has been successful after you made the payment, we will refund the late payment fee.
If you did not pay your annual liquor licence fee and late payment fee, your licence was cancelled on 26 July.
To legally serve or supply liquor or operate gaming machines, you need to apply to reinstate your licence (PDF, 726KB) and pay a reinstatement fee of $250 on top of your annual liquor licence fee and late payment fee.
Licences with outstanding annual liquor licence fees were cancelled on 26 July.
If you did not pay your annual liquor licence fee before 26 July:
Cancellation notices will be sent between late July and early August via post, email and SMS. Licensees who wish to reinstate their licence need to apply (PDF, 726KB).
The last day to apply for a licence reinstatement is 20 September.
It's important to tell us if your contact details change so that you receive your liquor licence fee payment notices and reminders.
Update your contact details online or contact us.
Fee re-assessment (if you think your fee is incorrect)
Fee reassessment applications closed on 25 July.
If you applied for a fee reassessment and were not informed of the outcome before 20 July, you should pay your annual liquor licence fee and the late payment fee in full.
If you were informed that your application has been successful after you made the payment in full, we will refund the difference in fee.
Fee waiver applications closed on 22 May.
In exceptional circumstances, the Secretary may accept a late fee waiver application.
If you are experiencing financial hardship and did not lodge your fee waiver application before 22 May due to exceptional circumstances, please contact us.
If you cease trading for six weeks or more you also need to notify us by completing a Cease to trade form (PDF, 98KB).
You can also surrender your liquor licence by completing an AM0090 surrender liquor licence application (PDF, 724KB).