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Packaged liquor licence

* The information on this page contains updated content from the former fact sheet: FS3044 Packaged liquor licence

A packaged liquor licence enables you to sell alcohol to the public, to be consumed away from the licensed premises.

Types of businesses that use a packaged liquor licence:

  • bottle shops
  • supermarkets or general stores with a retail space of over 240 square meters, selling packaged liquor
  • online and mail order businesses where customers do not attend the licensed premises
  • home delivery.

This licence also lets you:

  • sell alcohol to your employees, for consumption off the premises
  • hold tastings on the premises with or without charge.

Alcohol sales area

If you conduct other business on the premises besides selling alcohol, you must sell alcohol in a separate area. For example: in a supermarket, the alcohol sales area and the cash register must be in a different area to the main part of the supermarket. 

The sale or supply of alcohol for consumption away from the premises must be the principal activity carried out in the alcohol sales area. 

 Business not eligible for a packaged liquor licence

​Packaged liquor licences cannot be granted for: 

  • service stations 

  • takeaway food shops

  • general stores including: convenience stores, mixed business or milk bars with a retail floor area of 240 square metres or less and used primarily for the sale of groceries. However, an application may be made if there is no other takeaway liquor service available to the public in the neighbourhood, and the grant of the licence would not encourage drink-driving or other liquor-related harm. 

Liquor Licence Freeze

liquor licence freeze applies in the Kings Cross and Sydney CBD Entertainment precincts until 1 June 2019. While this freeze is in place, certain types of new liquor licences, including hotel licences, cannot be granted.

Precinct maps: 

 What you’ll need

Community impact statement

Before you apply for a hotel licence, you must prepare a community impact statement (CIS). 

A community impact statement (CIS) provides evidence that you’ve advised your local community of your intention to operate a hotel liquor licence, and provides them with an opportunity to provide comment. 

This allows us to gauge the level of support for your application. 

A Category A or Category B CIS must be completed before logding your application.

  • Category A: online, mail order and telephone home delivery sales only. 
  • Category B: bottle shops, supermarkets, and general stores. 

You must:

  • complete your CIS at least 30 days before lodging this application
  • lodge the CIS with the application. 

What else you need before you apply

  • 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 for your application.

If applying as an individual you'll also need:

  • evidence of your Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) qualifications, including your Licensee training and Advanced licensee training qualifications,  if appropriate 
  • evidence of your Responsible Conduct of Gambling (RCG) qualifications (if applicable)
  • a current National Police Certificate issued within the last three months
  • the three identity documents you used when applying for the National Police Certificate.

If 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.


​​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: 

  1. Licensee training 
  2. Advanced licensee training

It is best practice to keep copies of your and your staff’s qualifications in a register on the premises. 

 Standard and extended trading hours

​Standard hours
​Extended hours - if permitted 
Monday - Saturday ​
5am - 11pm ​​Not permitted 
Sunday​​10am - 10pm 
​5am - 10am permitted 
Extended trading authorisation (PDF, 114kb)
Christmas Day​​Not permitted 
​Not permitted 
​Good Friday
​Not permitted 
​Not permitted

Non-metropolitan venues are able to sell liquor up to 3am on up to 12 occasions annually: Multi-occasion extended trading authorisation (PDF, 154KB)

Daily 6-hour closure period

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:

  • temporarily
  • permanently
  • to different times on different days of the week. 

In your application, you need to provide detail on:

  • the current and proposed hours of closure, and why the closing period should be changed 
  • the demonstrated or likely needs of patrons
  • the interests of the local community 
  • the opinion of local police on the proposal, if any
  • ways you will minimise harm associated with misuse and abuse of alcohol - including harm arising from violence and other anti-social behaviour
  • ways you will promote, sell and supply alcohol safely and responsibly
  • ways the proposal will not detract from the amenity of community life.


​​The law requires that all types of licensed venues display liquor signs. This includes a number of compulsory signs, depending on which licence and authorisations you have.


Your application costs include:

  • an application fee
  • a non-refundable processing fee.

Use our Liquor Fee Schedule to calculate your fee.

Ongoing licence fees

A packaged liquor licence is subject to annual liquor licence fee, due in April each year. Read more about annual liquor licence fees.


​​Complete the application form:

Lodging your application online has several advantages:

  • you receive a 10% discount
  • the online form easier to complete
  • it speeds up processing time.

Once your application is lodged, we will advertise it on the Liquor and Gaming Application Noticeboard for 30 days. 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.

 More information

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