Annual liquor licence fees are calculated by L&GNSW on 15 March each year using licence information held by the NSW Government.
There are two risk-based loadings:
Each loading category includes exemptions to certain licences and business circumstances.
Trading hours risk loading is included in the calculation of annual liquor licence fee if your premises is authorised to regularly trade after midnight. The loading must be paid whether the premises trades after midnight or not.
Licensees that are permitted to trade after midnight can reduce their annual liquor licence fee by applying for an occasional extended trading condition (OETC) to be included on their licence.
Trading hours risk loading does not apply to these licences:
Authorised trading hours
Trading hours risk loading payable
After midnight, up to 1.30am
Up to midnight only
Allows trading past midnight up to 12 occasions in any 12-month period
Up to 1.30am
Allows trading past 1.30am up to 12 occasions in any 12-month period
Note: If you already have an OETC you must submit an occasional trading notification form to us at least 14 days before each late trading occasion.If you already have an OETC you only need to reapply if your circumstances have changed.
How to apply
Apply online for an OETC
What you need to know
A hotel or club that provides tourist accommodation does not pay trading hours risk loading if the hotel or club meets all of the following criteria:
Hotels and clubs eligible for the tourist accommodation trading hours risk loading exemption (TAE) can apply to reduce their trading hours risk loading.
If the hotel or club is authorised to sell or supply liquor to the broader general public after midnight on a regular basis, trading hours risk loading will apply.
Apply online for a TAE
Liquor licensees in remote or regional locations do not pay trading hours risk loading if the licensed premises meets all of the following criteria:
Compliance risk loadings may be included in the calculation of your annual liquor licence fee if, in the past calendar year:
Compliance risk loadings include:
Your compliance history risk loading will be based on the number of prescribed offence events committed at your licensed premises, or if a premises was listed as a Level 1 or 2 declared premises under the violent venues scheme.
A prescribed offence event is when a licensee or manager is convicted in court, pays a penalty notice or an enforcement order is issued by the State Debt Recovery Office.
Learn more about prescribed offences visit: prescribed offences.
If more than one of the following loadings applies to your licence, you will only pay the highest amount.
The patron capacity risk loading only applies if you are also required to pay a compliance history risk loading.
Patron capacity risk loading is based on the number of people your premises is allowed to hold.
Accommodation areas of a venue are not included in the patron capacity of a licensed premises.
Where the loading applies to your liquor licence, you need to advise us of what the current patron capacity of the premises is by submitting an online form. We use this number to calculate the correct patron capacity risk loading you need to pay.
Key date: Applications for the 2019 patron capacity open on 31 January 2019.
Supporting evidence: Licensees also need to provide evidence to support the number given. This could be a copy of the development consent, advice from council, or annual fire inspection records from Fire & Rescue NSW.
If your information isn’t submitted by the due date, or it is identified that the number is not accurate, the Secretary has discretion to determine the patron capacity for your premises. This number will be used to calculate your patron capacity risk loading.
Note: these instructions and live online form links will be emailed to you once when your patron capacity number is required.
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 $2,164 fee.
Location risk loading does not apply to a: