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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, including vessels, 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. 

Check your liquor licence authorisations and conditions to see whether you may be able to apply for a trading hours risk loading exemption or reduce your annual fee by reducing your trading hours.

More information available on FS3077 Annual liquor licence fee 2018 fact sheet (PDF, 241KB)

 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. Your licence will also be suspended.

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


Reinstatement fee

If you don't pay your licence fee after your licence is suspended, your licence will be cancelled.

To re-instate your cancelled licence you will need to pay a reinstatement fee on top of your licence fee and late fee.

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




 How to pay your fee

​Annual liquor licence fees are due by 29 May.

The payment period commences in April. Payment instructions will be contained in your fee notice, which you will receive via email, SMS and/or email in April.

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.

Update your contact details online or contact us. 

 Fee re-assessment or waiver

Fee re-assessment (if you think your fee is incorrect)

If you think a mistake has been made in the assessment of your fee, you can apply online for a re-assessment. 

Fee reassessment applications open on 12 April and close on 25 July.

How to apply for a fee re-assessment
Before you apply for a fee re-assessment you will need:

  • an email address
  • your liquor licence details
  • soft copies of documents as evidence of a mistake in the fee.

You can then use the Fee re-assessment form to apply.

You will receive an email form us confirming receipt of your application. If you have not been informed of the outcome of your application before 29 May, you should pay your annual liquor licence fee in full. 

If you are informed that your application has been successful after the 29 May, we will refund the difference in fee.

Fee waiver (if you are experiencing financial hardship)

You can apply for a waiver of any or all parts of your fee if you are experiencing financial hardship. 

Fee waiver applications open on 12 April and close on 22 May.

How to apply for a fee waiver
Before you apply for a fee re-assessment you will need to read FS3101 Annual Liquor Licence Waiver Policy (PDF, 655KB). This policy explains the criteria used to determine financial hardship and lists the documentation you need to provide to support your application, including:  

  • an email address
  • your liquor licence details
  • soft copies of documents as evidence of a financial hardship.

You can then use the Fee waiver form to apply.

You will receive an email form us confirming receipt of your application. If you have not been informed of the outcome of your application before 29 May, you should pay your annual liquor licence fee in full. 

If you are informed that your application has been successful after the 29 May, we will refund the difference in fee.

 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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