Businesses change and evolve over time as do the people who own them. Whether you’re thinking of cancelling your liquor licence due to financial concerns or personal circumstances we encourage you to seek advice before you start closing.
There are two ways to cancel your licence:
If you decide to permanently surrender your licence you need to notify L&GNSW and complete an application form. Surrendering your liquor licence is permanent and becomes official from the date that we approve your application.
What we need from you
Written consent from the premises owner and the business owner needs to be included on your application form. We can’t process your application without these details.
Surrender your liquor licence: Surrender liquor licence application (PDF 724.0 KB)
What happens next
Once you’ve lodged your application to surrender your licence including consent from the premises owner and the business owner, it will take about three weeks to approve. You will receive a confirmation email from us that your licence has been permanently cancelled.
You must notify us if you wish to stop using your liquor licence for six weeks or longer – this may be during a period of renovations, for example.
Notify us now: Cease to trade notification (PDF 712.6 KB)
When you’re ready to begin trading again, you must let us know.
Apply now to: Re-commence trading (PDF 681.5 KB)
All liquor licences that have temporarily ceased trading are still subject to the annual liquor licence fee.