* 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:
This licence also lets you:
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.
Packaged liquor licences cannot be granted for:
A 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.
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.
What else you need before you apply
If applying as an individual you'll also need:
If applying as an organisation you'll also need:
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:
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:
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.
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. 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.
We're here to help.
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