Your business type and the activities offered in your venue may make you eligible to apply for more than one liquor licence type. For example, a tapas restaurant could consider applying for an on-premises, small bar or general bar liquor licence.
Understanding and selecting what licence your business or event needs can be a complex and difficult process to navigate. To help you find the most appropriate liquor licence type for your business or event, you can use the licence selector tool.
The tool asks questions about the business or event activities you intend to offer. Depending on your responses, the tool will direct you to the NSW liquor licence type that best fits your needs.
The content of this tool is provided for information purposes only. While every reasonable effort has been made to match activities to a NSW liquor licence category there will be times where no licence is available for the intended activity. For more information about liquor licences visit the Liquor & Gaming NSW website, or use the contact us form.
The following tips may help you navigate your way through the licence selector tool:
Make sure you read the licence type page and associated fact sheets to confirm the liquor licence suggested fits your business requirements.
Below is a list of common business types and their corresponding liquor licences.
NSW liquor laws have the potential for businesses to customise their liquor licence and apply for an increase in flexibility on how the licence may be operated to allow for conditions such as extended trading hours. This is done by applying for relevant authorisations and exemptions. You can find out more about customising your license on each licence information page.
We provide a range of support that can guide you on how to apply for, manage or operate a liquor licence in NSW. Using the education and support resources, such as fact sheets can help you make a decision on what licence to apply for and how to start operating.
If you require further information about liquor licences, you can use our online feedback form.
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