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 fee waiver assistance at this time.
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:
Compliance risk loadings include three factors:
Each loading category includes exemptions to certain licences and business circumstances.
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 fee waiver assistance at this time and will still receive a 2020-2021 annual liquor licence fee notice.
Trading hours risk loading is normally 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. All trading hour risk loadings have been waived for the 2020 – 2021 fee period.
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.
OETC applications close on 28 February 2021.
Apply for an OETC
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.
Tourist accommodation exemption applications close on 28 February 2021.
Apply for a Tourist accommodation exemption
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 are not being waived for 2020-2021, but will be deferred and included as part of 2021-2022 annual liquor licence fees.
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 (excluding accommodation areas).
Accommodation areas of a venue do not need to be included in the patron capacity number for the risk loading.
If you are a producer/wholesaler with a drink on-premises authorisation you only need to provide the patron capacity for the area covered by the drink on-premises authorisation.
Where the loading applies to your liquor licence, you need to advise us of what the current patron capacity of the premises is. We use this number to calculate the correct patron capacity risk loading you need to pay.
Premises exempt from the patron capacity risk loading:
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 $2,200 fee.
Location risk loading does not apply to a: