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Annual liquor licence fees


Annual liquor licence fee waivers

As part of the NSW Government’s COVID-19 economic stimulus package most licensees will have their annual liquor licence base fee and trading hours risk loading fee waived for 12 months (2020-2021 fee period). These licensees will receive a $0 invoice.

Compliance risk loadings will not be waived, but will be deferred and included as part of 2021-2022 annual liquor licence fees.

Bottle shops and home delivery businesses (packaged liquor licences) with four or more outlets owned by the same licensee or business are not eligible for automatic fee waiver assistance at this time but may apply on a case by case basis on financial hardship grounds.

Annual liquor licence fees

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.

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, and have a poor compliance history, your business will be identified as high-risk and attract additional risk-based loadings.

How fees are calculated

As part of the NSW Government’s COVID-19 economic stimulus package most licensees will have their annual liquor licence base fee and trading hours risk loading fee waived for 12 months (2020-2021 fee period).

Bottle shops and home delivery businesses (packaged liquor licences) with four or more outlets owned by the same licensee or business are not eligible for automatic fee waiver assistance at this time but may apply on a case by case basis on financial hardship grounds.

Licence type2020 base fee - per licence
Club$0
Hotel - former community liquor licence$0
Hotel - full hotel licence$0
Hotel - general bar $0
Limited licence - multi function$0
On-premises - including vessels$0
Packaged liquor - 1-3 outlets$0
Packaged liquor - 4-9 outlets$1,102
Packaged liquor - 10 + outlets$2,202
Producer / wholesaler$0
Small bar licence$0

As part of the NSW Government’s COVID-19 economic stimulus package most licensees will have their annual liquor licence base fee and trading hours risk loading fee waived for 12 months (2020-2021 fee period).

Bottle shops and home delivery businesses (packaged liquor licences) with four or more outlets owned by the same licensee or business are not eligible for automatic fee waiver assistance at this time but may apply on a case by case basis on financial hardship grounds.

A trading hours risk loading normally applies if a premise is authorised to regularly trade after midnight, but all have been waived for 2020-2021.

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)$0
Premises authorised to trade up to 1:30am on a regular basis$0
Premises authorised to trade after 1:30am on a regular basis$0

Find out more about trading hours risk loading conditions and exemptions.

Compliance risk loading fees are not being waived for 2020-2021, but will be deferred and included as part of 2021-2022 annual liquor licence fees.

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.

Find out more about compliance risk loadings.

1. Compliance history risk loading

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

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$3,300
Two offence events committed, or if the premises was listed as a Level 2 declared premises during the previous calendar year$6,599
Three or more offence events committed, or if the premises was listed as a Level 1 declared premises during the previous calendar year$9,900

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$1,100
Your premises has a patron capacity of 61 - 120 patrons$3,300
Your premises has a patron capacity of 121 - 300 patrons$6,599
Your premises has a patron capacity of 301+ patrons$8,800

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 $2,200 location risk loading fee.

Other fees

In 2020, annual liquor licence fees are due for payment by 31 August. If you miss this payment date and your licence is suspended, a late payment fee of $112 is added to your liquor licence fee

If you miss the 2020 annual liquor licence fee payment date of 31 August, you will need to pay your licence fee and a late payment fee. If you do not pay your annual liquor licence fee and late payment fee by 27 October, your licence will be cancelled.

If your licence is cancelled and you still need to use it, you need to apply for a reinstatement of your licence and pay a reinstatement fee of $275 on top of your annual liquor licence fee and late payment fee.

Paying your licence fee

In 2020 notices were issued on 20 May and due for payment on 31 August. Depending on the contact details we have for you, you may receive your annual liquor licence notice via email, mail or both.

We will contact you with:

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

Important information

If you did not receive a $0 invoice, and you did not pay your annual liquor licence fee by 31 August, it is now overdue. Pay by 28 September to avoid suspension of your licence and incurring a late payment fee. Pay now.

FAQs

If you receive a $0 invoice you do not need to take any action – your liquor licence will be renewed automatically.

As part of the NSW Government’s COVID-19 economic stimulus package, most licensees will have their annual liquor licence base fee and trading hours risk loading fee waived for 12 months (2020-2021 fee period). These licensees will receive a $0 invoice.

Compliance risk loadings will not be waived, but will be deferred and included as part of 2021-2022 annual liquor licence fees.

Annual liquor licence base fees and trading hours risk loading fees will be waived for most licensees in NSW this year.

Compliance risk loadings will not be waived, but deferred and included as part of 2021-2022 annual liquor licence fees.

Read our news story for more information.

If you think your fee is incorrect you can apply for a fee reassessment. Applications close on 27 October. Apply now.

If you apply for a fee reassessment and are not informed of the outcome before the fee payment due date on 31 August, you are required to pay your annual liquor licence fee in full to avoid suspension and/or cancellation of your licence and a late payment fee.

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

If you are experiencing financial hardship, you may email Annual Licensing Team.

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.

Keep your details up-to-date

We send email reminders with important information about your liquor licence, including annual fee notices, and reminders.

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