If you are granted a liquor licence from 16 March each year, you may need to pay part of the Annual Liquor Licence Fee. The fee is calculated quarterly and reflects the amount of time you use the licence before the next billing cycle (on 15 March the following year).
Pro-rata liquor licence fees have been waived between 1 April 2020 - 31 March 2021 as part of the NSW Government’s economic stimulus package for all liquor licences affected by COVID-19. Except for packaged liquor licences with four or more outlets owned by the same licensee or business.
The pro-rata liquor licence fee usually applies to most liquor licences and is calculated and issued on the date your licence is granted. Currently only packaged liquor licensees with four or more outlets owned by the same licensee or business need to pay the pro-rata liquor licence fee. Licence types that have had pro-rata liquor licence fees waived between 1 April 2020 - 31 March 2021 include:
The fee is calculated on a quarterly pro-rata basis, as a percentage of the annual liquor licence base fee.
Estimate how much your pro-rata liquor licence fee will be in the 2020-2021 assessment year:
75% of base fee
For licences granted 16 - 31 Mar 2020
For licences granted 1 Apr - 15 Jun 2020
50% of base fee
For licences granted 16 Jun - 15 Sept 2020
25% of base fee
For licences granted 16 Sept - 15 Dec 2020
0% of base fee
For licences granted 16 Dec 2020 - 15 Mar 2021
$0 from 1 April
Packaged liquor(3 or less outlets owned by the same licensee or business)
Packaged liquor(4 or more outlets owned by the same licensee or business
$827 - $1652
$551 - $1101
$276 - $551
The pro-rata liquor licence fee has been introduced to enable new licensees to contribute fairly and reasonably to the costs of serving and regulating our vibrant industry. This approach means greater equity between new operators entering industry and existing businesses.
This change was introduced as part of the 2018 Liquor Regulation on 1 September 2018, with a delayed commencement date of 16 March 2019.
Read: annual liquor licence fees for existing licensees.
Your licence application fee covers the cost of processing and granting your licence. The pro-rata fee is a part payment of the annual liquor licence fee. It is adjusted so you only pay for the part of the year that you’re in operation. In your second year of operation, your licence fee will reflect an annual fee, which may include risk loadings.
When your licence is granted, your pro-rata fee is calculated and you will be sent an invoice with the amount due.
In your second year of operation, a full year will be calculated and you will be sent an invoice with the amount due.
Your invoice will provide a due date. The pro-rata fee should be paid 60 days from the date your notice is issued.
It benefits you and your business’s budget to pay the pro-rata fee within the 60 day period. The pro-rata fee will be a much reduced figure than your second year’s annual liquor licence, depending when your application is granted.
If the licence fee isn’t paid, it will be rolled over and added to your next year’s annual liquor licence fee. It will also increase for inflation, in line with Consumer Price Index (CPI).
We strongly encourage you to pay the fee by the due date to ease your second year’s financial outlay.
Read: Risk based loadings and exemptions