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A producer/wholesaler liquor licence allows liquor wholesalers and producers to sell alcohol by wholesale to other licensees.
Liquor producers, such as winemakers, brewers and distillers, can also:
Liquor producers can also apply for a drink-on premises authorisation to sell alcohol for consumption on the premises.
Liquor producers can also apply for a pop-up promotional licences to provide tastings of their products at ‘pop-up promotions’ and sell them for take-away.
Wholesalers don’t qualify as producers and are only permitted to sell liquor by wholesale to those who have a liquor licence, for example restaurants, bottle shops, and pubs.
The Government has introduced a special drink-on-premises authorisation for small-scale producers of beer, wine, cider and spirits.
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:
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Once your application is lodged, you will be provided with a Public Site Notice which you will need to affix to your premises until the application is granted. Council and Police will be automatically notified of your application.
A paper form version of the site notices can be downloaded below if you wish to complete them manually at your convenience prior to lodgement of 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 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.
A producer may sell their licensee’s product to other licensees and to employees of the licensee, or a related corporation of the licensee, at any time.
Tastings of their licensee’s product can be conducted at any time, except where a 6-hour closure period applies.
Consumption on premises liquor trading hours:
Retail take-away sales of their licensee’s product can be made to the public during the following hours:
An application can be made to the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority (ILGA) for an extended trading authorisation to allow take-away trading of the licensee’s product to the public from 5.00am to 10.00am on a Sunday.
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:
Exception from requirement that licensee not be absent > 6 weeks (PDF 259.9 KB)
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It contains at least the following percentage of wine:
50% of wine: produced by or under the direction of the licensee, or a related corporation of the licensee, on the wine producer’s licensed premises or a vineyard related to the licensed premises
A vineyard is deemed to be related to the licensed premises if:
The licensee’s product is liquor that is uniquely the licensee’s, or a related corporation of the licensee’s, own product.
This has been produced:
A wine producer can apply to sell their licensee’s product at more than one premises without the need to hold multiple licences, as long as the premises:
Multiple premises can include an additional winery or retail premises like a cellar door where the licensee’s product is sold to the public.
Gypsy or nomad brewers produce their product on someone else’s licensed premises and do not qualify as a producer under the Liquor Act 2007.
The wholesale/producer licence will suit your needs if you only wish to sell your product to other licensees as a wholesale supplier. You will not be able to sell to the general public.
If you are a Gypsy brewer and you wish to sell your product to the general public from an office or similar location, a packaged liquor licence will be a better fit for you.
This permits online sales where goods are delivered directly to the customer’s nominated address, with no walk-up sales from members of the public.
If the liquor licence is held by a corporation, a related corporation of a licensee means a corporation that is a related body corporate within the meaning of the Commonwealth Corporations Act 2001.
If the liquor licence is held by an individual, a related corporation of a licensee means a corporation that employs the licensee, or in respect of which the licensee occupies a position of authority.
Under the liquor laws, a tasting is a sampling of a small amount of a particular product usually for the first time or when deciding to purchase a larger quantity of the product.
It does not include sampling to the extent that it is no longer ancillary to a proposed take-away purchase.
An industry liquor show is a wine, beer, spirits or other liquor show that is held by an industry association where a producer can sell and supply their licensee’s product directly to the public.
The sale or supply of the licensee’s product at these events is for customers to taste or take-away sales in sealed containers.
A producers’ market or fair is a market or fair that is promoted for farmers or primary producers to display and sell their products directly to the public.
The producers’ market or fair must have a minimum of 10 stall holders displaying their produce or goods for direct sale to the public. The 10 stall holders need not all be farmers or primary producers.
The organiser of a show, market or fair must notify the local police, the local council and ILGA of the event at least seven days before it is held.
Your application costs include:
Use our Liquor Fee Schedule to calculate your fee.
Pro-rata annual liquor licence fee
A producer/wholesaler 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 producer/wholesaler 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.
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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:
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Access the Liquor Act 2007 and the Liquor Regulation 2018 at www.legislation.nsw.gov.au