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We understand that your aspirations, business model, or conditions may change. As a result, you may need to change one or more aspects of your liquor licence.

Changing the name of your venue can be completed through a simple application.

There are some restrictions on the new name and it must reflect the nature of your business. Limitations include:

  • a prohibited name
  • an objectionable or inappropriate name
  • a misleading name – for example the word 'bar' can be misleading if the business is actually a restaurant.

Application requirements

When lodging your application online ensure all attachments are in PDF format.

Change of licence name can be accessed through the OneGov Manage Liquor Licence dashboard or offline Apply to change the name of your licence (PDF 248.0 KB).

Timeframes

Fully completed applications will generally be determined within seven working days.

Applications that do not have all the required information will be delayed. We will contact you to request the missing details to progress the application quickly however we do rely on your speedy response to progress your application.

Cost

Refer to the Liquor Fee Schedule to calculate your fee.

A change of boundaries modifies the footprint or size of the licensed areas of your premises.

Any changes to authorisations applying to your licence, for example: an extended trading authorisation (ETA), primary service authorisation (PSA), minors area authorisation - will not automatically extend to a new boundary. To include your existing authorisation within any boundary extension, you must lodge the appropriate application for that authorisation.

To illustrate the change in boundaries you’ll need to produce a plan that outlines the current licensed footprint in red and the proposed licensed area in a second colour. Be sure to include a key to show what the colours represent. Black and white plans will not be accepted.

Authorisations

You must also use a third colour to outline any existing authorisations on your licence, such as those for primary service, extended trading hours or minors’ areas.

Minors area

If you have a hotel licence and your proposed footprint extension will impact your Minors Area Authorisation (MAA) – you must also lodge an application to change your MAA.

Multiple premises for producer/wholesalers

To licence multiple producer/wholesaler venues, the venues need to either be:

  • in the same wine region
  • within 20km of each other outside of a wine region.

Checklist of what you need to lodge

Before lodging your application notify your local police and local council. Include this in your application to ensure the approval process isn’t delayed.

  • Ensure all attachments are in PDF format
  • A complete application form and fee – including notification of local police and council
  • A plan of the current licensed area and any authorisations
    • Outline the current licensed area in red, proposed boundary change in another colour, and authorisations in another colour. Include a key to show the meaning of eac h colour
  • community impact statement if you’re applying for extended trading hours

How to submit a floor plan with a liquor licensing application (PDF 770.5 KB)

Timeframes

Change of boundaries applications take about eight weeks in total once all the required information has been submitted. This includes the Noticeboard period of 30 days.

  1. Once you lodge a complete application, it will be posted it on the Liquor and Gaming Application Noticeboard for a 30 day period for the community to make a submission on your application.
  2. Once the 30 day submission period ends, your application will be determined within four weeks.

Applications that do not have all the required information will be delayed. We will contact you to request the missing details, however we do rely on your speedy response with the missing information to progress your application.

Cost

Refer to the Liquor Fee Schedule to calculate your fee.

Liquor licences are attached to a premises, not a person. To relocate your business, you must apply to take your liquor licence with you. This is called a removal application.

We treat removal applications like applications for new liquor licences. The fee to remove a liquor licence is the same as the fee to apply for a new liquor licence of the same type.

Some things to remember

  • New, or reduced, trading hours may be imposed on your licence
  • A 6-hour closure period will be imposed on your licence
  • Any authorisations that apply to your licence at its current location like extended trading hours, will no longer apply
  • You will have an opportunity to respond before new conditions or trading hours are imposed on your licence.
  • To apply authorisations to your new premises, an application for the authorisations need to be lodged at the same time you apply to remove your licence.

Find out about removing your licence for each licence type.

Your liquor licence may have conditions that limit the operation of your business. You can apply to change your licence conditions should your circumstances or business needs change.

Conditions

Conditions on your liquor licence are imposed by either the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority (ILGA) or L&GNSW .

The source of each condition is noted next to the relevant condition on your liquor licence.

There is no fee for this application.

Change trading hours

By law, standard trading hours, except for packaged liquor, are:

  • 5am - midnight Monday to Saturday
  • 10am - 10pm Sunday.

You are able to trade outside the standard trading period by applying for an extended trading authorisation (PDF 238.8 KB).

Half hour live entertainment exemption

Live entertainment venues may apply for an exemption to the lock out and last drinks conditions. This exemption will allow a later lock out time of 2am and last drinks of 3.30am.

Find out if your venue is eligible [link website]

Timeframe

A change to conditions application takes about 16 weeks in total once all the required information has been submitted. Depending on certain factors, such as location or the type of conditions you want to change, your application may take longer to process.

  1. Once you lodge a complete application, it will be posted it on the Liquor and Gaming Application Noticeboard for a 30 day period for the community to make a submission on your application.
  2. Once the 30 day submission period ends, your application will be determined within 8-12 weeks.

Applications that do not have all the required information will be delayed. We will contact you to request the missing details, however we do rely on your speedy response with the missing information to progress your application.

Cost

To calculate your fee, consult the Liquor Fee Schedule

Multi-occasion extended trading authorisation (MOETA)

With a MOETA, a premises outside the metropolitan area can trade until 3am on up to 12 occasions over a 12-month period.

A MOETA is a great option for regional venues that:

  • have standard trading hours
  • would like to occasionally trade past midnight.

You must notify L&GNSW at least six weeks in advance of any function date.

Cost

There is no application fee for this authorisation, however it attracts an annual loading. Refer to the Liquor Fee Schedule for the trading hours loading.

Notification of function dates

Once you have been granted a multi-occasion extended trading authorisation, you must use the online multi-occasion extended trading form to notify us of the dates you’ll be extending your trading hours for functions.

You must notify us at least six weeks before each occasion. You can notify us earlier than six weeks and you can notify us of more than one date on the notification form.

  • Notify L&GNSW of function dates [LINK to MOETA online form]

Development consent

To change the current conditions or trading hours on your licence, you must check if you also need to vary the development consent for your premises. It is up to you to lodge the relevant application with your local council.

Before you lodge an application

Before lodging your application notify your local police and local council. Include this in your application to ensure the approval process isn’t delayed.

In some circumstances you can lease or sub-lease your premises, or parts of your premises.

What you can lease or sub-lease with our approval:

  • part of your licensed premises with our approval
  • if your licensed premises is located in a shopping centre, you can lease or sub-lease a part of your premises where you normally sell or supply liquor – with our approval

What you cannot lease or sub-lease:

  • the right to sell liquor for consumption on the premises
  • the parts of your licensed premises where you normally sell liquor or operate gaming machines

Application checklist

Before lodging your application notify your local police and local council. Include this in your application to ensure the approval process isn’t delayed.

  • A complete application form and fee
  • A plan showing the area to be let, in relation to the licensed boundary.

Apply now: Lease or sublease licensed premises (PDF 375.9 KB)

Timeframe

A change of tenancy application takes about 12 to 16 weeks after all the required information has been submitted.

  1. Once you lodge a complete application, it will be posted it on the Liquor and Gaming Application Noticeboard for a 30 day period for the community to make a submission on your application.
  2. Once the 30 day submission period ends, your application will be determined within 8-12 weeks.

Applications that do not have all the required information will be delayed. We will contact you to request the missing details, however we do rely on your speedy response with the missing information to progress your application.

Cost

To calculate your fee, consult the Liquor Fee Schedule

A corporation can hold a liquor licence just as an individual can. The difference being that the corporate licensee must appoint an approved manager to the licensed premises.

There is a two-step process of approval and appointment where we accept all applications on behalf of the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority Board (ILGA).

Step 1 - Approval of manager

We need to determine that the proposed approved manager is a fit and proper person for the role.

Online application: Online submissions receive a 10% discount off processing fees.

To complete the online form you will need:

Apply now: Complete online approval of manager form

Paper based application 

Applications can also be made offline by completing  Approved manager of licensed premises application  (PDF 313.4 KB)

Step 2 - Appointment of manager

Once the proposed manager has been approved through the Step 1 process, a notification form for them to be appointed manager of the licensed premises held under a corporate licence needs to be made.

There are no fees for this step of the application.

Online application

If completed by an approved manager

If completed by an organisation or other party

Paper based application

View all forms for approved managers

Notify us if you:

  • have an interest in a liquor licence business/licenced premises
  • would like your interest removed from a liquor licence business.

Online application

  • If you wish to notify interest as a premises owner you will need to provide proof of ownership. This can be in the form of a title search and contract of sale or a rates notice.
  • If you wish to notify interest as a business owner you will need to provide proof of purchase of the business such as a contract of sale which includes the date of settlement.
  • If you are setting up a new business, you will need to provide a copy of an extract from the ABR register.
  • If a Trust has purchased the business you will need to provide a copy of the Trust Deed and a copy of the contract of sale including the settlement ate or a copy of an extract from the ABR register.

Notification of interest can be accessed through the OneGov Manage Liquor Licence dashboard.

Paper based submissions

Apply offline: AM0555 Notify interest in liquor licence business application form  (PDF 291.7 KB)

Cost

No fees are required for this application.

The 6-hour closure period is a continuous block of 6 hours when you can't sell or supply liquor on your licensed premises. The same 6-hour block applies to each day.

The 6-hour closure – usually from 4am to 10am – applies to any licence or extended trading authorisation.

You need to change the 6-hour closure period on your licence if it conflicts with new trading hours you want to establish.

You can lodge applications to change your trading hours and applications to change your 6-hour closure period together. We'll assess them at the same time.

Development consent

To change the current conditions or trading hours on your licence, you must check if you also need to vary the development consent for your premises. It is up to you to lodge the relevant application with your local council.

Before you lodge an application

Please make sure you notify the local police, local council and neighbouring premises. We can't approve your application if you don't do this correctly.

Cost

To calculate your fee using the Liquor Fee Schedule.

How long will it take?

Changing your 6-hour closure period takes about 16 weeks.

Once you lodge a complete application, we will post it to our online Liquor and Gaming Application Noticeboard for 30 days to allow public comment.

Following this 30-day submission period, you can expect us to determine your application within 8-12 weeks.

There will be a delay if you fail to give us all the right information or do not respond to any of our requests for details.

Apply now

Apply: Change your liquor licence 6-hour closure period (PDF 485.8 KB)