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Limited licence – special event

A limited licence for a special event allows you to sell or supply alcohol at a venue, as long as the selling and supplying of alcohol is not the sole reason for holding the event. This licence is for temporary and infrequent events that have a direct social or economic  benefit to the community at a regional, state or national level.

Special events that have qualified in the past are:

  • a 4-day arts and music festival that occurs annually
  • a World Cup/World Championships sport competition
  • an international weekend conference. 

 What you'll need

  • name and details about where and when the event will take place
  • explanation why another liquor licence isn't suited for the event
  • details of the  social and economic  benefits of the event for the community
  • a plan clearly showing the proposed boundaries for the licensed area and key features, including entry/exit points, bar areas, any adjoining streets and the direction North
  • details about what liquor, food, entertainment, sanitation and security will be at the event
  • if applicable, a copy of development consent or approval allowing the licence at your venue from your local council
  • proposed patron attendance
  • proposed liquor trading hours
  • details of the venue and business 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
  • inclusion of the appointment of manager notice (if applicable)
  • inclusion of the approved manager application (if applicable).

Who is eligible

To be eligible for a limited licence for a special event you must be:

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

How you can show evidence

For this licence to be approved, you must provide evidence on how the special event will benefit the community, socially or economically, at a regional, state or national level.

A range of factors is considered in assessing the application. The Limited licence – special event - fact sheet (PDF, 627KB) helps identify what will be considered during the assessment of your application.


​The application fee is $80 if lodged online.

The application fee is $150 if you apply by email or a posted application.


You can receive a discount if you apply online for a limited licence - special event licenceOnline applications must be lodged at least 18 days prior to the date of the function/event.

Or, download a Limited licence special event - application form (PDF, 247KB). Emailed applications must be lodged at least 28 days prior to the date of the function/event.

What happens next

When your application is lodged, we will put it on the Liquor & Gaming Application Noticeboard for 14 days. The community can then make any comments about your application.

Immediately before submitting your application, or within 2 working days, lodge a notice (which is part of the application process) and a copy of the application, to:

  • the local police station
  • local council or other consent authority
  • any other local council or other consent authority if the boundary is within 500 metres of the premises
  • the Lands division of NSW Department of Primary Industries, if the premises are on Crown land.

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