A hotel licence allows the sale of alcohol to the public for consumption on and off the premises (venue). It allows the sale of takeaway alcohol. Gaming machines may also be operated, subject to separate approval.
If you do not want to sell takeaway alcohol or operate gaming machines, you may only need a general bar licence.
Types of businesses (with takeaway 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 hotel 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 hotel 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 hotel 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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