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Annual liquor licence fees

Every holder of a NSW liquor licence is required to pay an annual liquor licence fee. Liquor licensing in NSW is built on a framework where the industry contributes to the cost of its regulation.

Annual liquor licence fees are calculated by L&GNSW on 15 March each year using licence information held by the NSW Government.

The annual licence fee is calculated on a simple model:

  • a base fee
  • risk-based loadings – where applicable:
  • trading hours risk loading
  • compliance risk loadings - including compliance history risk loading, patron capacity risk loading and location risk loading.

How fees are calculated

Licence typeFee - per licence
Club$532
Hotel - former community liquor licence$107
Hotel - full hotel licence$532
Hotel - general bar $266
Limited licence - multi function$107
On-premises - including vessels$426
Packaged liquor - 1-3 outlets$532
Packaged liquor - 4-9 outlets$1,062
Packaged liquor - 10 + outlets$2,123
Producer / wholesaler$213
Small bar licence$213

Risk-based loadings increase when the risk level of a premises increases.

For example: If you’re a business with a large, late trading premises located in a major entertainment precinct, with a poor compliance history, your business will be identified as high-risk and attract additional risk-based loadings.

This loading applies if a premise is authorised to regularly trade after midnight.

Who does this apply to?Trading hours risk loading
A very small number of regional premises who hold a Multi Occasion Extended Trading Authorisation (MOETA)$1,000
Premises authorised to trade up to 1:30am on a regular basis$2,500
Premises authorised to trade after 1:30am on a regular basis$5,000

Tips:

  • Rather than trading past midnight regularly, reduce your trading hours risk loading by applying for an occasional extended trading condition. This condition allows you to trade past midnight 12 times over 12 months. Applications for occasional extended trading conditions close annually on 15 March.
  • If you hold a hotel or registered club licence that provides tourist accommodation you may be eligible to apply for a tourist accommodation exemption. This removes the requirement to pay trading hours risk loading. Applications for tourist accommodation exemptions close annually on 15 March.

Compliance risk loadings apply if, in the past calendar year:

  • licensees or managers have committed serious liquor law offences
  • a premises was listed as a declared premises under the violent venues scheme.

Compliance risk loadings include three factors:

  1. compliance history risk loading
  2. patron capacity risk loading
  3. location risk loading for venues in the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross precincts.

1. Compliance history risk loading

Compliance history risk loading is based on the compliance history of your liquor licence in the previous calendar year.

The level of your loading depends on the number of offence events committed by the licensee or manager of your licensed premises, or if your venue was listed as a Level 1 or 2 declared premises under the violent venues scheme.

If more than one of the following loadings applies to your licence, you will only pay the highest amount.

When is this loading appliedCompliance history risk loading
One offence event committed during the previous calendar year$3,000
Two offence events committed, or if the premises was listed as a Level 2 declared premises during the previous calendar year$6,000
Three or more offence events committed, or if the premises was listed as a Level 1 declared premises during the previous calendar year$9,000

Compliance risk loadings were introduced in 2017 to encourage all licensees to maintain safe and low-risk premises. The introduction of these loadings were the result of the independent liquor law review by the Hon Ian Callinan AC QC in 2016.

Find out more about compliance risk loadings.

2. Patron capacity risk loading

The patron capacity risk loading only applies if you are also required to pay a compliance history risk loading.

Your patron capacity risk loading is based on the number of people your premises is allowed to hold.

Note: Accommodation areas are not included in the patron capacity of a licensed premises.

Patron capacityPatron capacity risk loading
Your premises has a patron capacity of 60 patrons or less$1,000
Your premises has a patron capacity of 61 - 120 patrons$3,000
Your premises has a patron capacity of 121 - 300 patrons$5,000
Your premises has a patron capacity of 301+ patrons$8,000

3. Location risk loading

Location risk loading only applies if you are required to pay a compliance history risk loading. Venues in the Kings Cross and Sydney CBD precincts automatically attract a $2,000 location risk loading fee.

Location risk loading only applies if you are required to pay a compliance history risk loading and you are located in the Kings Cross and Sydney CBD. This risk loading attracts a $2,000 fee.

Annual licence fees are due annually by 26 June. Payments made after this date attract a late payment fee and the liquor licence will also be suspended.

You are able to apply for a waiver for the late payment fee that you received. Applications close annually on 25 July.

  • If you applied for a late payment fee waiver and were not informed of the outcome before 20 July, you are required to pay the late payment fee in full.
  • If you were informed that your application has been successful after you made the payment, the late payment fee will be refunded to you.
Licence typeFee - per licence
Limited licence (multi-function) and former community liquor licence$50
All other licence types$100

If you did not pay your annual liquor licence fee and late payment fee, your licence will be cancelled. In 2018 licences were cancelled on 26 July 2018.

To legally serve or supply liquor or operate gaming machines, you needed to apply to reinstate your licence and pay a reinstatement fee of on top of your annual liquor licence fee and late payment fee.

Liquor licences are permanently cancelled when:

  • Licences who do not reinstate their licence
  • pay their outstanding liquor licence fee
  • pay the late payment fee
  • pay the $250 reinstatement application fee
  • submit paments by the date advertised.

You must apply for a new liquor licence if you wish to re-enter the industry and sell or supply alcohol.

Significant penalties apply if you sell or supply liquor or operate gaming machines without a valid licence.

Late payment fee waiver

You are able to apply for a waiver for the late payment fee that you received. Applications close annually on 25 July.

  • If you applied for a late payment fee waiver and were not informed of the outcome before 20 July, you are required to pay the late payment fee in full.
  • If you were informed that your application has been successful after you made the payment, the late payment fee will be refunded to you.

Fee re-assessment

If you think your fee is incorrect you can apply for a fee re-assessment. Applications close annually on 25 July.

If you applied for a fee reassessment and were not informed of the outcome before 20 July, you are required to pay your annual liquor licence fee and the late payment fee in full.

If you were informed that your application has been successful after you made the payment in full, the difference will be refunded to you.

​Fee waiver

If you are experiencing financial hardship you can apply for a fee waiver. Applications close annually on 22 May.

In some circumstances, the Secretary may accept a late fee waiver application. If you are experiencing financial hardship and did not lodge your fee waiver application before 22 May due to exceptional circumstances, please contact us.

You still need to pay an annual liquor licence fee if you are currently not trading.

If you have ceased trading or your licence has been temporarily or voluntarily suspended, you still need to pay your annual liquor licence fee because your licence is still valid.

Paying your licence fee

Depending on the contact details we have for you, you may receive your notice of your annual liquor licence fee via email, SMS, or mail.

We will contact you with:

  • your indivualised annual liquor licence fee
  • the payment due date
  • instructions how to pay

It's important to keep your contact details up-to-date so that you receive your liquor licence fee payment notices and reminders in the future.

Update your contact details online or contact us.