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Small bar licence

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    This licence is appropriate if you want to operate a small, intimate bar – with a capacity of 100 patrons – and you do not want to operate gaming machines, sell take-away alcohol or allow minors in any area of your venue during liquor trading hours.

    Trading hours

    Standard trading hours for a small bar licence are midday to 2am Monday to Sunday.

    Extended trading hours are possible, although a community impact statement (CIS) statement may be required.

    Extended trading hours are possible after a small bar licence application, including a community impact statement.

    How much does it cost?

    A small bar licence application costs $350. If you apply for extended trading at the same time, the application fee is $1600. You must also pay an annual liquor licence fee.

    Read more about NSW's Annual Liquor Licence Fee.

    Community involvement

    A community impact statement (CIS) is not usually required if - within two working days of lodging your Development Application (or amendment) - you notify 
    • Police
    • Secretary of the Department of Industry.
    Provide a Notice of Development Application​ (PDF​​, 221KB) by email or in person.

    Otherwise you may need to submit a Category B CIS. Find out more about community impact statements. ​

    How long does it take?

    Applications are not considered until all documentation is submitted.

    After you lodge a complete application, we will post it to our online liquor application noticeboard for 30 days to allow public comment in accordance with the gaming and liquor legislation.

    In most cases, an application will be determined by ILGA within four months of the 30 day public submission period end date.

    Next steps

    Find out more about a small bar licence from our ​​FS3024 Small bar licence fact sheet​ (PDF, 261KB).

    Apply with the Small bar licence applicat​ion kit (PDF, 1.2MB)​.

    Provide Notice of Development Application​ (PDF​​, 221KB).

    Make your licence more flexible

    You can tailor a small bar liquor licence to suit your business needs by also applying for relevant licence authorisations and exemptions:​