As the owner of a business or licensed premises, you can apply to transfer a liquor licence into your name or the name of someone you nominate. This is known as an
owner in possession transfer application.
This option is open to you if the current licensee has:
We can't consider this type of transfer application unless you have advised the outgoing licensee that you want a transfer.
You must do this in writing – by registered mail – to the licensee's last known address. You must tell the outgoing licensee that he or she has 3 days to make a submission to Liquor & Gaming NSW.
If you are a corporate licensee – a company – applying to hold a liquor licence, you must appoint an approved manager.
The law provides for a premises owner as the licensee of the premises for 28 days from the date they become entitled to possession of the premises.
Lodging your application within that period will allow you to continue to trade until we determine your application.
As a premises owner, you must provide evidence of ownership, such as:
As a business owner, you can make an owner in possession application only if you own the business under which the licence has operated.
New buyers of a business who have never owned the business under which the licence has operated can't make an owner in possession application.
However, you can seek consent from the outgoing licensee, or ask the premises owner to make an owner in possession application.
In most cases, we give provisional approval within 5 working days of receiving your application so you can continue operating the business without disruption.
You must provide the following:
We usually confirm your licence transfer within 60 days.
To calculate the loading fees for your licence, refer to the Liquor Fee Schedule
To complete the online form you will need to download and complete the following declarations and upload them to the online form. Read
Declaration types explained for details on each declaration required.
Online submissions receive a 10% discount off processing fees.
Transfers can also be made offline by completing AM0322 Liquor licence transfer: without consent of existing licensee form (PDF, 1MB).
Online transfer without consent form
Declaration types explained