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Hotel licence

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:

  • 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 hotel 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 clearly showing the proposed boundaries for the licensed area
  • a copy of your local council development approval or consent
  • requested liquor trading hours
  • 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:

  • evidence of your Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) qualifications
  • evidence of your Responsible Conduct of Gambling (RCG) qualifications (if applicable)
  • a current National Police Certificate issued within the last 3 months
  • the 3 identity documents you used when applying for the National Police Certificate.

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 hotel licence you must be:

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


​The application fee is $2,500.

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 option
Relevant 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)
Allows use of a hotel bar area to sell/supply liquor exclusively to hotel residents outside of usual trading hours
Residents bar authorisation (PDF, 119KB)


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

or, download a printable hotel 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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