* The information on this page contains updated content from the former fact sheets: FS3121 and FS3122 - Producer/wholesaler licence.
A producer/wholesaler liquor licence allows liquor wholesalers and producers to sell alcohol by wholesale to other licensees.
Liquor producers, such as winemakers, brewers and distillers, can also:
Liquor producers can also apply for a drink-on premises authorisation to sell alcohol for consumption on the premises.
Retail takeaway liquor sales by liquor producers can only be made to the public during the following hours (subject to council consent):
Wholesalers don’t qualify as producers and are only permitted to sell liquor by wholesale to those who have a liquor licence, for example restaurants, bottle shops, and pubs.
Micro-breweries and small distilleries 12-month trial
From 1 September 2018, a special drink-on-premises authorisation for small-scale producers of beer, wine, cider and spirits will be trialled in Sydney’s Inner West Local Government Area (LGA) for 12 months.
If applying as an individual you'll also need:
If you're 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 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 producer may sell their licensee’s product to other licensees and to employees of the licensee, or a related corporation of the licensee, at any time.
Tastings of their licensee’s product can be conducted at any time, except where a six hour closure period applies.
Retail take-away sales of their licensee’s product can be made to the public during the following hours:
An application can be made to the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority (ILGA) for an extended trading authorisation to allow take-away trading of the licensee’s product to the public from 5am to 10am on a Sunday.
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:
It contains at least the following percentage of wine:
A vineyard is deemed to be related to the licensed premises if:
The licensee’s product is liquor that is uniquely the licensee’s, or a related corporation of the licensee’s, own product.
This has been produced:
A wine producer can apply to sell their licensee’s product at more than one premises without the need to hold multiple licences, as long as the premises:
Multiple premises can include an additional winery or retail premises like a cellar door where the licensee’s product is sold to the public.
Gypsy or nomad brewers produce their product on someone else’s licensed premises and do not qualify as a producer under the Liquor Act 2007.
The wholesale/producer licence will suit your needs if you only wish to sell your product to other licensees as a wholesale supplier. You will not be able to sell to the general public.
Selling to the public
If you are a Gypsy brewer and you wish to sell your product to the general public from an office or similar location, a packaged liquor licence will be a better fit for you.
This permits online sales where goods are delivered directly to the customer’s nominated address, with no walk-up sales from members of the public.
If the liquor licence is held by a corporation, a related corporation of a licensee means a corporation that is a related body corporate within the meaning of the Commonwealth Corporations Act 2001.
If the liquor licence is held by an individual, a related corporation of a licensee means a corporation that employs the licensee, or in respect of which the licensee occupies a position of authority.
Under the liquor laws, a tasting is a sampling of a small amount of a particular product usually for the first time or when deciding to purchase a larger quantity of the product.
It does not include sampling to the extent that it is no longer ancillary to a proposed take-away purchase.
An industry liquor show is a wine, beer, spirits or other liquor show that is held by an industry association where a producer can sell and supply their licensee’s product directly to the public.
The sale or supply of the licensee’s product at these events is for customers to taste or take-away sales in sealed containers.
A producers’ market or fair is a market or fair that is promoted for farmers or primary producers to display and sell their products directly to the public.
The producers’ market or fair must have a minimum of 10 stall holders displaying their produce or goods for direct sale to the public. The 10 stall holders need not all be farmers or primary producers.
The organiser of a show, market or fair must notify the local police, the local council and ILGA of the event at least seven days before it is held.
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.
You must be 18 years or older and authorised to lodge this licence application.
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