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About annual liquor licence fees

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:

  • a base fee, plus
  • risk-based loadings (if applicable). 

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:

  • a trading hours risk loading, and
  • compliance risk loadings - including compliance history risk loading, patron capacity risk loading and location risk loading. 

More information:

 How your fee is calculated

Base fee

The following base fees applied in 2018. ​

Licence Type Fee (per licence)
Club $532
Hotel - former community liquor licence $107
Hotel (full hotel licence)
$532
Hotel (general bar) $266
Limited licence (multi-function) $107
On-premises (including vessels)
$426
Packaged liquor (1-3 outlets) $532
Packaged liquor (4-9 outlets) $1,062
Packaged liquor (10 or more) $2,123
Producer/wholesaler $213
Small bar licence $213​

Note: No GST applies to fees

Trading hours risk loading 

This loading applies if a premise is authorised to regularly trade after midnight.

Who does this apply to?

Trading hours risk loading 

A very small number of regional premises who hold a Multi Occasion Extended Trading Authorisation
$1,000
Premises authorised to trade up to 1.30am on a regular basis.
$2,500
Premises authorised to trade after 1.30am on a regular basis.
$5,000

Note: No GST applies to fees or loading

You 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 loading 

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:

  1. compliance history risk loading,
  2. patron capacity risk loading, and
  3. location risk loading for venues in the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross precincts.

​​1. Compliance history risk loading 

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: 

​When is this loading applied?
Compliance history risk loading 
One offence event committed during the previous calendar year.
$3,000
Two offence events committed, or if the premises was listed as a Level 2 declared premises during the previous calendar year.
$6,000
Three or more offence events committed, or if the premises was listed as a Level 1 declared premises during the previous calendar year. $9,000

 If more than one of these loadings applies to your licence, you will only pay the highest amount.​

2. Patron capacity risk loading 

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:

When is this applied?
Patron capacity risk loading
Your premises has a patron capacity of 60 patrons or less
$1,000
Your premises has a patron capacity of 61 – 120 patrons
$3,000
Your premises has a patron capacity of 121 – 300 patrons
$5,000
Your premises has a patron capacity of 301+ patrons
$8,000

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.

3. Location ris​k loading

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​. 

Late payment fee

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.

Licence Type​ Fee (per licence)
Limited licence (multi-function) and former community liquor licence $50
All other licence types $100


Reinstatement fee

If you did not pay your annual liquor licence fee and late payment fee, your licence was cancelled on 26 July 2018.

To legally serve or supply liquor or operate gaming machines, you needed to apply to reinstate your licence and pay a reinstatement fee of $250 on top of your annual liquor licence fee and late payment fee by 20 September 2018.

Licence Type Fee (per application)
All licence types $250​




 How to pay your fee

Licences who did not reinstate their licence and pay their outstanding liquor licence fee (including the late payment fee and $250 reinstatement application fee) by 20 September 2018 have had their liquor licence permanently cancelled.

You must apply for a new liquor licence if you wish to sell or supply alcohol. 

You face significant penalties if you sell or supply liquor or operate gaming machines without a valid liquor licence.

Have your contact details changed?

It's important to tell us if your contact details change so that you receive your liquor licence fee payment notices and reminders in the future.

Update your contact details online or contact us.

 Fee re-assessment or waiver

Late payment fee waiver

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.

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 (if you are experiencing financial hardship)

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.

 Currently not trading

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

Yes, if you have ceased trading or your licence has been temporarily or voluntarily suspended, you still need to pay your annual liquor licence fee because your licence is still valid.

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). 






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