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There are two licences that are available to surf clubs:
This licence allows surf clubs to sell alcohol during their approved club functions, as well as during their social functions.
Under this licence, surf clubs can hire out their premises and sell alcohol at those events. An on-premises licence can also be used to sell liquor at the club’s own functions and social events.
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...
The licence you apply for will determine on your trading hours.
Limited licence: trading hours are determined by L&GNSW for each approved function.
On-premises licence: standard trading hours are 5.00am to midnight, Monday to Saturday, and 10.00am to 10.00pm on Sunday
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:
Licensees and all staff involved in the selling, service or supply of alcohol need to have completed a 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: Licensee training and Advanced licensee training.
It is best practice to keep copies of your and your staff’s qualifications in a register on the premises.
Development or planning approval may be required from the local council for a surf club that wishes to obtain an on-premises licence.
Special permission may also be needed for surf clubs on Crown land that wish to obtain an on-premises licence.
Before making your application:
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.
A limited and on-premises licence are both subject to annual liquor licence fee, due in April 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.
Note: Processing times take longer with offline forms and do not attract the 10% discount for online applications.
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