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Moving your licence

Liquor licences are attached to premises, not a person. If you are moving your business to another location, you must apply to take your liquor licence with you. In the Liquor Act 2007 this is referred to as removing a licence.

We treat an application to move a liquor licence from one venue to another the same as an application for a new liquor licence. The fee to move a liquor licence is the same as the fee to apply for a new liquor licence of the same type.

Refer to the Liquor fee schedule.

Conditions and authorisations

We may include new conditions on your new licence, depending on how you want to operate your venue, and any feedback we get about your proposed move.

You will always have a chance to respond before we impose new trading hours or conditions on your liquor licence.

Any authorisation that applies to your liquor licence at its current premises will no longer be valid, including: primary service, minor's area, extended trading.

If you want new authorisations for your new premises, you must apply for them at the same time you lodge your application to move your liquor licence.

What is a complete application?

  • A completed application form and fee
  • A copy of a community impact statement – if it applies, you must conduct it thoroughly to be considered
  • A current NSW National Police Certificate – for individual applicant (less than 3 months old)*
  • An ASIC extract providing details of directors and officeholders - for corporate applicants*
  • A copy of development approval from your local council
  • Evidence of Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) qualifications
  • A plan of the proposed licensed premises outlined in red. View an example of a floor plan (DOCX 1.2 MB).
  • Evidence that you have told neighbouring premises.

*Not required if the licensee remains the same

You are able lodge your application without including the above documentation, but your proposal won't progress to a decision until it is provided to us.

How long will it take?

Moving a liquor licence takes about 12 weeks in total.

  1. Once you lodge a complete application, we'll post it on our Liquor and Gaming Application Noticeboard for 30 days to give the public an opportunity to comment.
  2. Once the 30 day submission period ends, your application will be determined within 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.

Before you apply​

You must consult with your local community before applying to move your on-premises liquor licence. This means that either before, or within two working days, of lodging your application you must:

  • Give a full copy of your application to the NSW Police Local Area Command nearest to your proposed licensed premises
  • Notify the local council
  • Notify any building within 50 or 100 metres of the boundary of your proposed licensed premises
  • Attach a site notice to your premises so passers-by can see it easily. The site notice must remain until we decide your application.

Authorisations for the licence you want to move

You can't move authorisations along with an on-premises liquor licence. You must make a new application for each liquor licence authorisation to apply to your new licensed premises.

You must also conduct a Community Impact Statement if you're applying for a primary service authorisation or an extended trading authorisation.

Apply now: Move your on-premises liquor licence application (PDF 556.5 KB)

Before you apply

You must consult with your local community before applying to move your on-premises liquor licence. This means that either before, or within two working days, of lodging your application you must:

  • Give a full copy of your application to the NSW Police Local Area Command nearest to your proposed licensed premises
  • Notify the local council
  • Notify any building within 100 metres of the boundary of your proposed licensed premises
  • Notify any building on land adjoining the boundary of your premises' property
  • Attach a site notice to your premises so passers-by can see it easily. The site notice must remain until we decide your application.
  • There are also some circumstances when you must complete a FM2010 Category B Community Impact Statement (CIS) (PDF 824.9 KB) before you apply to move a small bar liquor licence.

Authorisations

You can't move authorisations along with a small bar liquor licence. You must make a new application for each liquor licence authorisation to apply to your new licensed premises.

Apply now: Move your small bar liquor licence application (PDF 562.3 KB)

Before you apply

You can't lodge an application to move your producer/wholesaler liquor licence until you consult your local community.  This means that either before or within two working days of lodging your application you must:

  • Give a full copy of your application to the NSW Police Local Area Command nearest to your proposed licensed premises
  • Notify the local council
  • Attach a site notice to your premises so passers-by can see it easily. The site notice must remain until we decide your application.

Authorisations

You can't move authorisations along with your producer/wholesaler liquor licence.

If your current producer/wholesaler licence has a drink on premises authorisation, you must re-apply if you want this authorisation at your new premises.

This authorisation allows you to sell liquor for consumption on your licensed premises. It applies only to producers of wine, perry, cider, or mead.​

Apply now: Move your producer/wholesaler liquor licence application (PDF 595.1 KB)

Before you apply

You can't lodge an application to move your packaged liquor licence until you consult your local community.  This means you must:

You must complete both categories of CIS (A or B) 30 days before you submit your application.

Before or within two working days of lodging your application you must also:

  • Give a full copy of your application to the NSW Police Local Area Command nearest to your proposed licensed premises
  • Notify the local council
  • Notify any building within 50 or 100 metres of the boundary of your proposed licensed premises (50 metres for an online business)
  • Notify any building on land adjoining the boundary of your premises' property
  • Attach a site notice to your premises so passers-by can see it easily. The site notice must remain until we decide your application.

Apply now: Move your packaged liquor licence application (PDF 575.8 KB)

Before you apply

You can't lodge an application to move your hotel liquor licence until you consult your local community.  This means that either before or within two working days of lodging your application you must:

  • Give a full copy of your application to the NSW Police Local Area Command nearest to your proposed licensed premises
  • Notify the local council
  • Notify any building within 100 metres of the boundary of your proposed licensed premises
  • Notify any building on land adjoining the boundary of your premises' property
  • Attach a site notice to your premises so passers-by can see it easily. The site notice must remain until we decide your application.

Complete: FM2010 Category B Community Impact Statement (CIS) (PDF 824.9 KB) before you apply to move a hotel liquor licence.

You must complete the CIS, 30 days before you submit your application. To apply for extended trading hours you must include this in your CIS.

Authorisations for the licence you wish to move

You can't move authorisations along with a hotel liquor licence. You must make a new application for each liquor licence authorisation to apply to your new licensed premises.

Gaming requirements

When you apply to move a hotel liquor licence you must also think about the impact on any Gaming Machine Entitlements attached to your licence. [LINK]

Apply now: Move your hotel liquor licence application (PDF 555.6 KB)

Before you apply

You can't lodge an application to move your general bar liquor licence until you consult your local community.  This means that either before or within two working days of lodging your application you must:

  • Give a full copy of your application to the NSW Police Local Area Command nearest to your proposed licensed premises
  • Notify the local council
  • Notify any building within 100 metres of the boundary of your proposed licensed premises
  • Notify any building on land adjoining the boundary of your premises' property
  • Attach a site notice to your premises so passers-by can see it easily. The site notice must remain until we decide your application.

You must also complete a FM2010 Category B Community Impact Statement (CIS) (PDF 824.9 KB) before you apply to move a general bar liquor licence. You must complete the CIS, 30 days before you submit your application. To apply for extended trading hours you must include this in your CIS.

Authorisations

You can't move authorisations along with a general bar liquor licence. You must make a new application for each liquor licence authorisation to apply to your new licensed premises.

Apply now: Move your general bar liquor licence application (PDF 555.6 KB)

Before you apply

You can't lodge an application to move your club liquor licence until you consult your local community.  This means that either before or within two working days of lodging your application you must:

  • Give a full copy of your application to the NSW Police Local Area Command nearest to your proposed licensed premises
  • Notify the local council
  • Notify any building within 100 metres of the boundary of your proposed licensed premises
  • Notify any building on land adjoining the boundary of your premises' property
  • Attach a site notice to your premises so passers-by can see it easily. The site notice must remain until we decide your application.

You must also complete a FM2010 Category B Community Impact Statement (CIS) (PDF 824.9 KB) before you apply to move a general bar liquor licence. You must complete the CIS, 30 days before you submit your application. To apply for extended trading hours you must include this in your CIS.

Authorisations

You can't move authorisations along with a club liquor licence. You must make a new application for each liquor licence authorisation to apply to your new licensed premises.

Gaming machines

You need to make a separate application if you want to operate gaming machines at your new premises.

Apply now: Move your club liquor licence application (PDF 499.0 KB)