An on-premises licence allows the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises when another product or service - including food, entertainment and accommodation - is sold, supplied, or provided to customers.
If the primary purpose of the business or activity is the sale or supply of alcohol, you are not eligible for an on-premises licence.
Types of businesses that are eligible for this licence include:
A liquor licence freeze applies in the Kings Cross and Sydney CBD Entertainment precincts until 1 June 2019. While this freeze is in place, most on-premises licences are exempt, except for nightclubs.
On-premises licenses which are public entertainment venues are allowed in the freeze precincts if they regularly provide a mix of live entertainment including theatre, musicals, dance; or live or pre-recorded music, comedy, and variety performances.
Under 18s are allowed in premises with an on-premises licence.
This on-premises licence allows you to sell alcohol with meals. It can also be tailored to suit a multi-purpose business - for example, if your restaurant is part of a motel complex, it can allow you to sell alcohol to guests in accommodation and conference facilities.
An on-premises licence for a restaurant is subject to a number of requirements under the liquor laws, including:
The main activity of every licensed restaurant must be preparation and service of meals to the public. An on-premises liquor licence will no longer have effect:
An interim restaurant authorisation allows you to begin serving liquor as soon as you have lodged a liquor licence application.
To be eligible, you must:
Interim restaurant authorisations are exempt from the CIS requirements under the liquor laws, as public consultation occurs as part of the development approval process with council.
If you are ineligible for an interim restaurant authorisation because you did not consult on your intention to serve alcohol as part of the public exhibition process to obtain your development approval, the public submission period for your on-premises licence application can be reduced from 30 to 14 days if you make your application online.
This shortened submission period is not available for any restaurants or cafes seeking extended trading hours or a PSA.
This on-premises licence allows the sale of alcohol, with the primary service being accommodation to residents and their guests. The 6-hour closure period does not apply to accommodation areas allowing alcohol to be supplied to guests in their room at any time.
This type of licence can be approved where temporary accommodation is provided to travellers – including a hotel, motel, bed and breakfast or farm stay establishment. It cannot be approved for a boarding house, lodging house, nursing home, or caravan park.
It can be tailored to suit a multi-purpose business - for example, where a motel complex includes a public restaurant and/or function centre, the licence can also allow alcohol to be sold in the restaurant and conference facilities.
Requirements applying to an on-premises licence for accommodation-premises include:
An accommodation premises can also operate a private restaurant serving meals to residents and their guests only. A private restaurant does not need to be endorsed on the licence.
A primary service authorisation can be obtained from L&GNSW to allow alcohol to be sold without accommodation or a meal. (in a public restaurant).
This can be obtained as part of a licence application for a new accommodation-premises or as an additional trading entitlement for an existing accommodation-premises.
An application fee applies to this authorisation and a community impact statement (CIS) is required.
A community impact statement (CIS) provides evidence that you’ve advised your local community of your intention to operate a PSA, and provides them with an opportunity to provide comment. This allows L&GNSW to gauge the level of support for your application.
A catering service is defined under the Liquor Act 2007 as a ‘service for supplying food or liquor (or both) for consumption at a function, occasion or event.’
A function is also defined within the Act, and can include weddings, parties, balls, dinners, corporate events, arts events, marketing events and other similar occasions of limited duration.
If you are proposing to sell alcohol as part of a catering service at functions, occasions or events, the most appropriate liquor licence is an on-premises licence that relates to a catering service. The two main types of catering are:
Where the licensed premises are an office and where catered functions, occasions or events are held elsewhere, a Sale On Other Premises Authorisation (SOOPA) is required.
An on-premises catering class licence can also be authorised to allow the licensee to sell liquor for consumption on other premises in circumstances and times approved by ILGA.
This is known as a sale on other premises authorisation, and certain conditions and requirements apply, including:
The sale on other premises licence may be restricted when used inappropriately – for example:
Requirements applying to an on-premises licence for catering include:
Written notice to L&GNSW should be made by email to: email@example.com and should include:
The licensee and all staff involved in selling, serving or supplying alcohol need to have completed an approved Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) course and hold a valid NSW competency card.
This requirement also applies to security staff and promotional staff conducting tastings on the premises.
The Liquor Regulation 2018 introduced an additional two compulsory courses for licensees and managers:
It is best practice to keep copies of your and your staff’s qualifications in a register on the premises.
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:
Minors functions authorisation (PDF, 122KB)
To access other forms for an on-premises licence please visit the licence forms page.
Your application costs include:
Use our Liquor Fee Schedule to calculate your fee.
Ongoing licence fees
An on-premises licence is subject to annual liquor licence fee, due in April each year. Read more about annual liquor licence fees.
Lodging your application online has several advantages:
Once your application is lodged, we will advertise it on the Liquor and Gaming Application Noticeboard for 30 days - or 14 days for certain on-premises restaurant licences. The community can comment on your application, as well as people who were consulted as part of the CIS.
You must be 18 years or older and authorised to lodge this licence application.
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Access the Liquor Act 2007 and the Liquor Regulation 2018 at www.legislation.nsw.gov.au