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This licence is for temporary and infrequent events that have a direct and significant social or economic benefit to the community at a regional, state, or national level.
The Limited Licence - special event will be granted if your event qualifies as a special event under the Liquor Act 2007. It allows you to sell or supply alcohol at a venue that doesn't hold a liquor licence, as long as selling and supplying alcohol is not the sole reason for holding the event.
Special events that have qualified in the past are:
If you are holding a special event that is open to the public and has an anticipated patron capacity of 2,000 or more, you must lodge an application for a Large-scale commercial event: special event.
Ensure this application is lodged at least 28 days before the function date to avoid a late fee charge. Consult the Liquor Fee Schedule for application and late fee charges.
There is no restriction on under 18’s being present at a special event held under a limited licence. L&GNSW may consider imposing restrictions for those aged under 18 years, particularly to minimise exposure to bar areas and potential problems at large 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...
To qualify for this licence type, you must provide evidence showing how the special event will have a significant benefit on the community either socially or economically, at a regional, state or national level.
A range of factors are considered as part of the assessment process, and every application is assessed on its individual merits.
Some or all of the following factors will be relevant:
Note: when assessing whether an event qualifies as a special event, the size of the event is relative to the region's population.
For example: a small number of attendees in a small town may have a more significant impact than a larger number of people attending a similar event in a large city.
If applying as an individual you'll also need:
If you're applying as an organisation you'll also need:
Download: Forms for a limited licence
Large scale events are more likely to experience higher risks of alcohol-related violence or anti-social behaviour than smaller events.
2,000 + event attendees: applicants are required to have completed licensee RSA training.
Trading after midnight: applicant is required to have completed advanced licensee RSA training.
L&GNSW may exempt an applicant from having to undertake the training if the completion of the course, or courses, is deemed unnecessary to reduce the risks of alcohol-related violence or anti-social behaviour at the event.
RSA training for event staff
The licensee and everyone serving liquor will need to have completed an approved RSA course. This applies to those serving liquor in a voluntary capacity as well as any security officers with crowd control duties
Liquor can only be sold at a special event held under a limited licence when:
Sale of liquor
Trading hours for a limited licence are determined by L&GNSW. They 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 689.6 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.
Your application costs include:
Use our Liquor Fee Schedule to calculate your fee.
You must be 18 years or older and authorised to lodge this licence application.
Immediately before submitting your application, or within two working days, lodge the notice that is part of the application form, and a copy of the application, to:
Include the notification in step 1 with your application.
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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