The pop-up licence is aimed at supporting established industry, entrepreneurs, creatives and other businesses to operate small-scale pop-up bars and events, such as pop-up bars and restaurants, art shows, live performances. The pop-up licence is also available to NSW licensed producers to provide tastings and sell take-away liquor at pop-up promotional events.
These types of low-risk licensed activities can enliven key areas by attracting visitors to under-utilised areas and providing experiences that are unique in local communities or across NSW, or out of the ordinary.
Liquor & Gaming NSW continues to work in consultation with key stakeholders, including relevant councils, local industry and police to streamline approvals to run pop-ups.
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.
Download the application form: APP100 Pop-up bar and events and pop-up promotion application form (PDF, 546KB)
A pop-up bar is a bar operation where the sale/supply of liquor by retail for consumption on the premises is the primary activity.
A pop-up event is where the sale/supply of liquor by retail for consumption on the premises is ancillary to an event.
A pop-up promotion is an off-site promotional event that allows NSW licensed producers, such as craft brewers and wineries, to showcase local products and provide tastings of their own products at pop-up promotions and sell them for takeaway purposes.
Licensed producers are already authorised to sell and supply their products at industry shows, producers’ markets and trade fairs under certain conditions, but can apply for a pop-up licence for other types of community events where they wish to promote local products on a small-scale, temporary basis.
The product must not be:
To qualify for this licence type, you must provide evidence of why a pop-up licence, and not another type of licence, is appropriate for the sale or supply of liquor for your proposed event.
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:
You must show how your pop-up will have a benefit on the community, either socially or economically through:
In showing these benefits, you can consider how your pop-up:
In special circumstances such as COVID-19, the Authority may approve later trading up to 2am.
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.
In your application, you will also need to provide:
You must be 18 years or older and authorised to lodge this licence application.
Download complete the pop-up licence application form (PDF 971.9 KB).
1. Lodge a notice
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:
2. Complete the application
Include the notification in step 1 with your application.
3. Lodge your application with us
Once you’ve completed all sections of your application, you can lodge your application with us in one of three ways:
Next stepsOnce your application is lodged, we will advertise it on the Liquor and Gaming Application Noticeboard for 14 days so that the community may provide comment on the application.
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