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 hold.
Liquor & Gaming NSW also have some voluntary signs that may be useful for your venue.
If your venue has gaming machines or offers Keno or public lottery sales, there are other signs you must also display. These are listed on the
Gaming signage page.
Registered clubs also have other signage requirements, shown on the
Registered clubs signage page.
The signs you need will depend on your licence type and any authorisations you may have, as well as if you have a breath analysis machine.
Each sign is listed below with the licence types that must display that sign.
C = This sign is compulsoryA = This sign may be required, depending on licence authorisationsB = This sign, or one with the same wording, is required when there is a breath analysis machine
Sign 1L – Under 18s not to be served alcohol Required by: All premises
Where there is no bar or counter, you must prominently display the sign at each entrance to your premises.
You must buy this sign from L&GNSW and you can't reproduce it.
Sign 2L – Under 18s not permitted in this area Required by: Hotels and Clubs
You must display this sign in each bar area of a hotel or club.
A bar area is any area where you serve liquor – except for areas where a person under 18 can enter by law, such as a dining area or an authorised minors area.
Sign 3L – Under 18 authorisation Required by: Hotels and public entertainment venues
This sign must be visible from each entrance to areas of a hotel where a minors area authorisation is in place. A minors area authorisation allows under 18s into an area of a hotel in the company of a responsible adult.
In the case of an on-premises licence for a public entertainment venue (not a cinema or theatre), this sign must be visible from each entrance to any area where you provide entertainment.
Sign 4L – Breath testing sign Required by: Premises with breath analysis machines
You must display this sign next to a breath analysis machine if you have one.
You don't have to buy this sign from L&GNSW but you can't reproduce it without our permission.
However, you must use the same legal wording we use if you want to produce your own sign.
Sign 5L – Primary service authorisation (PSA) Required by: Restaurants with a primary service authorisation
You must display this sign at or near every entrance to your restaurant to tell people you have a primary service authorisation (PSA). A PSA allows you to sell or supply liquor without another product or service, such as a meal.
Sign 5L-A – Primary service authorisation (PSA) Required by: Premises with a primary service authorisation (other than a restaurant)
You must display this sign at or near every entrance to your premises to tell people you have a primary service authorisation.
For details on the wording and approved sign format for these venues, call our customer service team on 1300 024 720.
Sign 6L – Under 18s not permitted during liquor trading hours Required by: Small bars
This sign applies to small bar licences. You must display this sign so people entering your premises can see it.
Sign 7L – Alcohol not be sold to under 18s sign Required by: All internet operatorsYou must display this sign – using the same wording as sign 1 – wherever you sell alcohol via the Internet.
It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or obtain alcohol for, anyone under 18.
Sign 8L – Front of premises sign Required by: All premisesYou must display this sign at the front of your premises to show:
On-premises licences must also show the premises' type of business, such as a restaurant. A hotel designated as a general bar must show it is a general bar licence.
You must display this sign so people outside the front your premises can read it.
This sign is not available for purchase. You must create it yourself with the required information on it.
Proof of age/sale to minors signs
We have several signs for customers and staff to indicate the requirements and penalties related to proof of age and underage alcohol purchase.
Signs for customers
Under 18? Don't risk it! sign
The Under 18? Don't risk it! sign tells customers what they risk if they try to buy alcohol if they are under 18.
Proof of age poster
Our proof of age poster helps front of house or bar staff tell potential customers about photo ID requirements. It also warns younger patrons that staff will check IDs.
The poster includes images of the forms of photo ID that NSW venues can accept under the law:
Signs for Staff
These signs are intended for behind the counter and remind staff of the risks involved for the licence and the staff member if alcohol is sold to minors.
The Underage checklist sign is a handy guide for staff on how to check a patron's photo ID.
Its not worth the risk – refuse to sell
The Refuse to Sell sign is a quick visual guide for staff on the steps to take when checking customers' ID.
Liquor Accord signage
Many voluntary signs have been developed with Local Liquor Accords, and have been made
available for download as PDF for printing either by a professional print company, or on your own colour printer.
The following signs may be displayed at venues within the Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct:
Lockout Law - entrance display
Lockout Law poster (for entrance usage) (PDF, 88KB)
Lockout Law - internal display
Download the Lockout Law poster (for internal usage) (PDF, 95KB)
Special licence conditions for premises in the Sydney CBD Fact sheet (PDF, 1.47MB)
The following signs may be displayed at venues within the Kings Cross Precinct.
Kings Cross venues are required to refuse entry to, or remove, any person wearing any form of clothing, jewellery or other accessory associated with a Gang:
Venues are also required to inform patrons of their requirements under the Fail to Quit laws:
Special licence conditions for premises in Kings Cross Fact sheet (PDF, 1.73MB).
Signs 1L, 2L, 3L, 5L and 6L: These signs must be purchased from L&GNSW. You cannot make them yourself, reproduce or copy them, or customise them.
Signs 5L-A, 7L, and 8L: These signs must be produced by the licensee in accordance with the requirements listed above.
Sign 4L: may be purchased from L&GNSW or you may make a sign of your own with the same wording – but you can't reproduce or copy a sign purchased from L&GNSW
If you wish to display any of the
voluntary signs you must purchase these from L&GNSW or use the downloadable liquor accord signs. You may create your own versions of these signs, but you cant reproduce or copy a sign purchased from L&GNSW.
Signs purchased from L&GNSW are made of a durable UV resistant hard plastic or an adhesive decal version for use on glass panels. They are designed to ensure a consistent message.
Our fact sheet FS3078 Liquor law signs (PDF, 591KB) has more information on each sign and which venues need to have each sign.
You can buy signs and other products from L&GNSW
Please note that we don't take orders for signs and products over the phone.