The Government has introduced a special drink on premises authorisation for small scale producers of beer, cider and spirits.
For eligible micro-breweries and small distilleries with the authorisation, it means you can sell your own products to the public for consumption on your premises in full serves, not just as tastings. The authorisation also allows wine produced elsewhere to be sold for consumption on-site. Conditions apply, including a patron limit of 120 and making sure food is available.
The authorisation was initially introduced on a trial basis in Sydney’s Inner West and Newcastle. Availability has now been expanded across the state.
Businesses with the special drink on premises authorisation will be able to use the authorisation after the trial period ends.
Liquor & Gaming NSW plans to evaluate the special authorisation in 2020 to determine whether any refinements may be needed to further support these small businesses.
Read: Trial of a special licensing option for micro-breweries small distilleries Fact Sheet (PDF 703.8 KB)
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 supporting materials for your licence.
To qualify for this authorisation you need to either be a beer, cider and/or spirits producer with a producer/wholesaler licence, or applying for a new producer/wholesaler licence with the authorisation.
You must have the appropriate development consent and still operate in line with the conditions of consent. If you want to change your conditions, you will need to lodge a development application with your local council.
If you already hold a producer/wholesaler licence you will need the below to apply for the authorisation:
If you do not hold a producer/wholesaler licence you can apply for the authorisation when you apply for the producer/wholesaler licence.
Standard training hours:
There is no application fee for the authorisation until 31 August 2020.
If you’re looking to start a new business, you can apply for the special authorisation at the same time as applying for a new producer/wholesaler licence.
Liquor & Gaming NSW have reduced the total application fee for a new producer/wholesaler licence with the special drink on-premises authorisation for micro-breweries and small distilleries to $385.
You must be 18 years or older and authorised to lodge this licence application.
You can apply for the authorisation in two ways:
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
Visit: Level 6, 323 Castlereagh Street, Haymarket
Access the Liquor Act 2007 and the Liquor Regulation 2018 at www.legislation.nsw.gov.au