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A limited licence for a single function allows a not for profit organisation, like a sports club or community group, to sell alcohol for consumption during a single event. This licence does not allow for takeaway sales.
Common events include:
Not for profit organisations may be eligible to sell alcohol at up to 6 fundraising functions a year without needing a limited licence. Find out more: Liquor licence exemption for not for profit organisations.
There are also other circumstances where a licence isn't required to sell liquor. Find out more: when a liquor licence is not required.
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...
Download: Forms for a limited licence
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.
Trading hours for a limited licence are determined by L&GNSW and usually reflect the duration and type of function. Trading is not permitted between 3.00am and 6.00am.
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:
The Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority and/or it’s delegates may impose standard conditions on a liquor licence.
It is recommended you use the Standard Conditions form PDF, 717.84 KB to discuss the conditions with NSW Police prior to lodging your application.
Lodging this form with your liquor licence application will reduce the processing time.
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.
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