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Risk-based loadings and exemptions


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.

Risk-based loadings

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:

  1. Trading hours risk loading and
  2. Compliance risk loadings.

Compliance risk loadings include three factors:

  1. Compliance history risk loading
  2. Patron capacity risk loading
  3. Location risk loading.

Each loading category includes exemptions to certain licences and business circumstances.

Trading hours risk loading

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.

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 (2020 fees)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

Premises exempt from trading hours risk loading fee

Trading hours risk loading does not apply to these licences:

  • producer/wholesaler licence - unless it has a drink-on premises authorisation
  • on-premises licence relating to a restaurant - unless it has a primary service authorisation
  • on-premises licence relating to accommodation premises, an airport or catering service
  • small bar licence
  • limited licence (multi-function)
  • hotel licence that was formerly a community liquor licence
  • a hotel or club licence that meets the criteria for a tourist accommodation exemption
  • licensed premises that meets the criteria for a remote population exemption.

Compliance risk loadings

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.

Prescribed offence events (2020 fees)Compliance 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

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.

Determining the patron capacity of a premises

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:

  • producer/wholesaler licence, unless a drink-on premises authorisation is held
  • on-premises licence relating to accommodation premises, catering service or both
  • packaged liquor licence
  • limited licence (multi-function)
  • hotel licence that was formerly a community liquor licence.
Patron capacity (2020 fees)Patron 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

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:

  • producer/wholesaler licence, unless a drink on-premises authorisation is held
  • limited licence - multi-function
  • hotel licence that was formerly a community licence.