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:
A 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.
If applying as an individual you'll also need:
If you're applying as an organisation you'll also need:
To be eligible for a general bar licence you must be:
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.
Or, download a printable general bar licence application form (PDF, 317KB).
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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