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A general bar licence is a type of hotel licence. The primary purpose of this licence is to sell alcohol to the public for consumption on the premises.
The general bar licence allows you to:
It does not allow you to:
Under the Liquor Act 2007 there isn’t a patron limit on a general bar licence, but your local council can impose a limit.
Businesses that use the general bar licence include:
Your application can take longer to review if we don’t have all the details we need to assess it. We will come back to you to obtain the missing information to progress your application. You can help us speed up the process by:
The information below will help you to prepare your application and gather all the necessary materials for your licence. However, if you're ready now...
Some venues are not eligible for a general bar licence. Depending on your venue, you may require a:
A liquor licence freeze applies in the Kings Cross and Sydney CBD Entertainment precincts until 1 December 2020. While this freeze is in place, certain types of new liquor licences, including hotel licences, cannot be granted.
Before you apply for a general bar licence, you must prepare a Category B community impact statement (CIS).
A community impact statement (CIS) provides evidence that you’ve advised your local community of your intention to operate a hotel liquor licence, and provides them with an opportunity to provide comment.
This allows us to gauge the level of support for your application. You must:
payment for your application.
Download: Forms you'll need for a General Bar Licence
The licensee and all staff involved in selling, serving or supplying alcohol need to have completed an approved Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) course and hold a valid NSW competency card.
This requirement also applies to security staff and promotional staff conducting tastings on the premises.
The Liquor Regulation 2018 introduced an additional two compulsory courses for licensees and managers:
It is best practice to keep copies of your and your staff’s qualifications in a register on the premises.
5.00am - midnight
Midnight - 5am : Premises located in City of Sydney, Kings Cross precinct, Oxford Street, Darlinghurst precinct, and the Kosciuszko National Park only
* These hours are subject to the 6-hour closure period
A 6-hour closure period applies to all liquor licences, including those with extended trading hours. It usually starts at 4.00am and ends at 10.00am each day.
You can apply to change the 6-hour closure period:
In your application, you need to provide detail on:
Minors function authorisation (PDF 330.6 KB)
The law requires that all types of licensed venues display liquor signs. This includes a number of compulsory signs, depending on which licence and authorisations you have.
Your application costs include:
Use our Liquor Fee Schedule to calculate your fee.
Pro-rata annual liquor licence fee
A general bar licence is subject to a pro-rata annual liquor licence fee depending on the time of year your liquor licence is granted.
The fee is calculated on a quarterly basis and reflects the amount of time you use the licence before the next billing cycle (on 15 March the following year). Calculate your pro-rata fee.
Annual liquor licence fee
A general licence is subject to an annual liquor licence fee, due in May each year. Read more about annual liquor licence fees.
You must be 18 years or older and authorised to lodge this licence application.
Create a OneGov account to apply online for a new licence or maintain your existing licence online.
Once your application is lodged, we will advertise it on the Liquor and Gaming Application Noticeboard for 30 days. The community can comment on your application, as well as people who were consulted as part of the CIS process, if applicable.
Use our online feedback form to send us your questions, suggestions or feedback. You can also:
Call: 1300 024 720 | Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm
Access the Liquor Act 2007 and the Liquor Regulation 2018 at www.legislation.nsw.gov.au