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Micro-breweries and small distilleries: 12-month trial

The Government commenced a 12 month trial of a special drink on premises authorisation for small scale producers of beer, cider and spirits in Sydney's Inner West Local Government Area (LGA) on 1 September 2018. The trial was opened up to producers in the Newcastle LGA on 21 December 2018.

For eligible micro-breweries and small distilleries with the authorisation, it will mean they can sell their own products to the public for consumption on their premises, not just as tastings. Conditions will apply, including a patron limit of 100 and making sure food is available.

The trial aims to establish a state-wide licensing option suited to the micro-brewery and small distillery model to make it easier for businesses to start up and trade in lower-risk settings. This aims to support the craft brewery and small distillery sector and promote greater venue diversity across NSW.

The trial will be undertaken and monitored in close consultation with relevant councils and local industry.

Read: Trial of a special licensing option for micro-breweries small distilleries Fact Sheet (PDF 183.9 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:

  • Providing all the correct information at the time you apply
  • Responding to our request for missing information as soon as possible after we contact you.

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...

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There is no application fee for the authorisation for the trial’s duration.

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.

A standard application fee will apply for the licence itself. The fee for this application is set out in the Liquor Fee Schedule.

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You must be 18 years or older and authorised to lodge this licence application.

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Create a OneGov account to apply online for a new licence or maintain your existing licence online.

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Note: Processing times take longer with offline forms and do not attract the 10% discount for online applications.

Advantages to lodging your application online:

  • you receive a 10% discount
  • the online form is easier to complete
  • it speeds up processing time.

Next steps

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.

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