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​General bar licence

A general bar licence is a type of hotel licence. The primary purpose of this licence is to sell alcohol to the public for consumption on the premises (venue). It does not allow the sale of takeaway alcohol or the operation of gaming machines.

It does allow you to operate dining facilities, accommodation and public entertainment (if approved by the local council). If the venue's patron capacity is less than 100, you may only need a small bar licence.

The types of businesses (without take-away sales and/or gaming machines) that use this licence include:

  • pubs
  • accommodation hotels
  • large bars.

liquor licence freeze applies in the Kings Cross (PDF, 267KB) and Sydney CBD Entertainment (PDF, 1.4MB) precincts until 1 June 2019. While this freeze is in place certain types of liquor licences, including general bar licences, cannot be granted.

 What you'll need

  • evidence that you have consulted with your local community about any concerns people may have with your application, a Category B Community Impact Statement (CIS) will need to be completed at least 30 days prior to lodging this application
  • a floor plan showing the proposed boundaries for the licensed area
  • proposed liquor trading hours
  • a copy of development approval or consent from your local council
  • details of the venue owner
  • contact details for you or a person authorised to submit your application
  • if applicable, a completed applicant declaration (TDEC5) (PDF, 177KB)
  • payment.

If applying as an individual you'll also need:

If you're applying as an organisation you'll also need:

  • ABN, ACN or Y/INC
  • the names and birthdates of all directors and officeholders (if it is a proprietary company)
  • a current Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) extract
  • if applicable, inclusion of the appointment of manager notice.

Who's eligible?

To be eligible for a general bar licence you must be:

  • 18 years or older and authorised to lodge this licence application.


​The application fee is $700.

Once you receive your liquor licence you will need to pay an annual fee each year.

Read more about NSW's annual liquor licence fee and how to calculate your fee.

 Customising your licence

You can tailor your licence to meet your needs by applying for authorisations and exemptions (fees may apply). This table will help you.

Flexible licensing optionRelevant form
Allows trading outside standard trading hours
Extended trading authorisation (PDF, 174KB)
Allows extended trading for a special occasion on a specified date
Extended trading authorisation - special occasion (PDF, 145KB)
Allows sale of liquor for consumption at a function located away from the hotel
Function on other premises authorisation (PDF, 948KB)
Allows minors in a specified area when accompanied by a responsible adult
Minors area authorisation (PDF, 125KB)
Allows minors to attend functions in specified areas
Minors function authorisation (PDF, 122KB)



You can receive a 10% discount if you apply online for a general bar licence.

Or, download a printable general bar licence application form (PDF, 317KB).

What happens next?

When your application is lodged, we will put it on the Liquor & Gaming Application Noticeboard for 30 days. The community can then make comments about your application.

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