This licence is for temporary and infrequent events that have a direct and significant social or economic benefit to the community at a regional, state, or national level.
The Limited Licence - special event will be granted if your event qualifies as a special event under the Liquor Act 2007. It allows you to sell or supply alcohol at a venue that doesn't hold a liquor licence, as long as selling and supplying alcohol is not the sole reason for holding the event.
Special events that have qualified in the past are:
Large-scale commercial event
From 1 September 2018, if you are holding a special event that is open to the public and has an anticipated patron capacity of 2,000 or more, you must lodge application form APP541: Large scale commercial event –
Limited licence special event (PDF, 536KB).
Ensure this application is lodged at least 28 days before the function date to avoid a late fee charge. Consult the Liquor Fee Schedule for application and late fee charges.
There is no restriction on under 18’s being present at a special event held under a limited licence. L&GNSW may consider imposing restrictions for those aged under 18 years, particularly to minimise exposure to bar areas and potential problems at large events.
To qualify for this licence type, you must provide evidence showing how the special event will have a significant benefit on the community either socially or economically, at a regional, state or national level.
A range of factors are considered as part of the assessment process, and every application is assessed on its individual merits.
Some or all of the following factors will be relevant:
Note: when assessing whether an event qualifies as a special event, the size of the event is relative to the region’s population.
For example: a small number of attendees in a small town may have a more significant impact than a larger number of people attending a similar event in a large city.
If applying as an individual you'll also need:
If you're applying as an organisation you'll also need:
Large scale events are more likely to experience higher risks of alcohol-related violence or anti-social behaviour than smaller events.
2,000 + event attendees: applicants are required to have completed licensee RSA training.
Trading after midnight: applicant is required to have completed advanced licensee RSA training.
L&GNSW may exempt an applicant from having to undertake the training if the completion of the course, or courses, is deemed unnecessary to reduce the risks of alcohol-related violence or anti-social behaviour at the event.
RSA training for event staff
Liquor can only be sold at a special event held under a limited licence when:
Sale of liquor
Trading hours for a limited licence are determined by L&GNSW. They usually reflect the duration and type of function. Trading is not permitted between 3am and 6am.
A 6-hour closure period applies to all liquor licences, including those with extended trading hours. It usually starts at 4am and ends at 10am each day.
You can apply to change the 6-hour closure period:
In your application, you need to provide detail on:
Your application costs include:
Use our Liquor Fee Schedule to calculate your fee.
1. Lodge a notice: immediately before submitting your application, or within two working days, lodge the notice that is part of the application form, and a copy of the application, to:
2. Complete the application: include the notification in step 1 with your application.
Use our online feedback form to send us your questions, suggestions or feedback. You can also:
Access the Liquor Act 2007 and the Liquor Regulation 2018 at www.legislation.nsw.gov.au