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:
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
To licence multiple producer/wholesaler venues, the venues need to either be:
Before lodging your application notify your local police and local council. Include this in your application to ensure the approval process isn’t delayed.
How to submit a floor plan with a liquor licensing application (PDF 770.5 KB)
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
By law, standard trading hours, except for packaged liquor, are:
You are able to trade outside the standard trading period by applying for an extended trading authorisation (PDF 238.8 KB).
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]
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.
To calculate your fee, consult the Liquor Fee Schedule
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:
You must notify L&GNSW at least six weeks in advance of any function date.
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.
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.
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.
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:
What you cannot lease or sub-lease:
Apply now: Lease or sublease licensed premises (PDF 375.9 KB)
A change of tenancy application takes about 12 to 16 weeks after all the required information has been submitted.
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).
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)
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.
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:
Notification of interest can be accessed through the OneGov Manage Liquor Licence dashboard.
Apply offline: AM0555 Notify interest in liquor licence business application form (PDF 291.7 KB)
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.
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.
To calculate your fee using the Liquor Fee Schedule.
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: Change your liquor licence 6-hour closure period (PDF 485.8 KB)