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Producer/wholesaler licence

A producer/wholesaler liquor licence allows liquor wholesalers and producers to sell alcohol by wholesale to other licensees.

Liquor Producers

Liquor producers, such as winemakers, brewers and distillers, can also:

  • conduct tastings
  • sell the licensee’s product by retail to the general public, both online or directly from the licensed premises, if permissible under the relevant development consent
  • sell the licensee’s product by retail at liquor industry shows and farmers' markets or fairs.

Liquor producers can also apply for a drink-on premises authorisation to sell alcohol for consumption on the premises.

Wholesalers

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.

Micro-breweries and small distilleries: 12-month trial

From 1 September 2018, a special drink-on-premises authorisation for small-scale producers of beer, wine, cider and spirits will be trialled in Sydney’s Inner West Local Government Area (LGA) for 12 months.

Applying tips:

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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All applicants

  • a floor plan clearly showing the proposed boundaries for the licensed area
  • if applicable, a copy of your local council development approval or consent
  • details of the premises owner
  • requested liquor trading hours
  • contact details for you or a person authorised to submit your application
  • if applicable, a completed applicant declaration (TDEC5) (PDF 176.7 KB)
  • payment.

If applying as an individual you'll also need:

If you're applying as an organisation you'll also need:

  • ABN, ACN or Y/INC
  • the names and birthdates of all directors and officeholders (if it is a proprietary company
  • a current Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) company extract
  • inclusion of the appointment of manager notice.

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:

  1. Licensee training
  2. Advanced licensee training

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.

Retail take-away sales of their licensee’s product can be made to the public during the following hours:

  • 5.00am to 10.00pm from Monday to Saturday
  • 10.00am to 10.00pm on Sundays

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.

Daily 6-hour closure period

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:

  • temporarily
  • permanently
  • to different times on different days of the week.

In your application, you need to provide detail on:

  • the current and proposed hours of closure, and why the closing period should be changed
  • the demonstrated or likely needs of patrons
  • the interests of the local community
  • the opinion of local police on the proposal, if any
  • ways you will minimise harm associated with misuse and abuse of alcohol - including harm arising from violence and other anti-social behaviour
  • ways you will promote, sell and supply alcohol safely and responsibly
  • ways the proposal will not detract from the amenity of community life.

Resources

You can tailor your licence to meet your needs by applying for authorisations and exemptions - fees may apply. 
Flexible licensing optionsRelevant form
Allows winemakers, brewers and distillers to apply for a drink-on premises authorisation to sell alcohol for consumption on the premises in various settings (e.g. in a restaurant or accommodation venue or at a function)Drink on-premises authorisation (PDF 510.3 KB)
Allows trading outside standard trading hoursExtended trade authorisation (PDF 442.0 KB)
Allows extended trading for a special occasion on a specified dateExtended trade authorisation - special occasion (PDF 393.9 KB)
Allows another person to supervise and manage the licensed business for more than 6 weeks

Exception from requirement that licensee not be absent > 6 weeks (PDF 330.3 KB)

Allows eligible small-scale producers of beer, cider, and spirits in Sydney's Inner West LGA to sell their products to the public for on-premises consumption, subject to special conditions. This is a 12 month trial. Trial of a special licensing option for micro-breweries & small distilleries Fact Sheet (PDF 180.6 KB)

Learn more: Microbreweries

Wine

The licensee’s product is wine that is uniquely the licensee’s, or a related corporation of the licensee’s, own product. 

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

  • 85% of wine: produced on the licensee’s behalf, or under the direction of the licensee or a related corporation of the licensee, from fruit grown 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:

  • it is operated by the licensee, or a related corporation of the licensee
  • is within 500 metres of the licensed premises.

Cider, perry, or mead

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:

  • by or under the direction of the licensee, or a related corporation of the licensee, on the licensed premises
  • on the licensee’s behalf from fruit grown or honey produced by the licensee.

Multiple premises

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:

  • are located in the same wine region - as defined in the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation Act 1980
  • are within 20kms of each other, if they are not in a wine region

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/nomad brewers

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.

Wholesale supplier

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.

Selling to the 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.

Industry liquor show

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.

Markets and fairs

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:

  • an application fee
  • a non-refundable processing fee.

Use our Liquor Fee Schedule to calculate your fee.

Ongoing licence fees

A producer / wholesaler licence is subject to annual liquor licence fee, due in April each year. Read more about annual liquor licence fees.

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

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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.

We're here to help. 

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

Email: contact.us@liquorandgaming.nsw.gov.au

Visit: Level 6, 323 Castlereagh Street, Haymarket

Access the Liquor Act 2007 and the Liquor Regulation 2018 at www.legislation.nsw.gov.au