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A packaged liquor licence enables you to sell alcohol to the public, to be consumed away from the licensed premises.
Types of businesses that use a packaged liquor licence:
This licence also lets you:
If you conduct other business on the premises besides selling alcohol, you must sell alcohol in a separate area. For example: in a supermarket, the alcohol sales area and the cash register must be in a different area to the main part of the supermarket.
The sale or supply of alcohol for consumption away from the premises must be the principal activity carried out in the alcohol sales area.
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...
Packaged liquor licences cannot be granted for:
A liquor licence freeze applies in the Kings Cross and Sydney CBD Entertainment precincts until 1 June 2020. While this freeze is in place, certain types of new liquor licences, including hotel licences, cannot be granted.
Before you apply for a packaged liquor licence, you must prepare a community impact statement (CIS).
A community impact statement (CIS) provides evidence that you’ve advised your local community of your intention to operate a packaged liquor licence, and provides them with an opportunity to provide comment.
This allows us to gauge the level of support for your application.
A Category A or Category B CIS must be completed before lodging your application.
Download: Forms for this licence
The licensee and all staff involved in selling, serving or supplying alcohol need to have completed an approved 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:
It is best practice to keep copies of your and your staff’s qualifications in a register on the premises.
*Clause 117 of the Liquor Regulation 2018 provides an exemption which permits certain premises to trade until these times. Non-metropolitan venues are able to sell liquor up to 3.00am on up to 12 occasions annually: Multi-occasion extended trading authorisation (PDF 844.7 KB)
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 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.
Pro-rata annual liquor licence fee
A packaged liquor licence is subject to a pro-rata annual liquor licence fee depending on the time of year your liquor licence is granted.
The fee is calculated on a quarterly basis and reflects the amount of time you use the licence before the next billing cycle (on 15 March the following year). Calculate your pro-rata fee.
Annual liquor licence fee
A packaged liquor licence is subject to an annual liquor licence fee, due in May 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.
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