Important information for new liquor licence applicants:
NSW liquor laws
The NSW liquor laws provide a broad and flexible framework to enable a liquor licence to be issued for a range of business and community activities.
What type of liquor licences are there?
There are 7 types of liquor licence in NSW. Please read our fact sheet Applying for a Liquor Licence which provides a summary of liquor licences, and information about what you need to include in your application as well as the application fee.
Fact sheets on different types of liquor licences are available from our website.
Where do I get an application form?
Liquor licence application forms are available from our website.
What must accompany the application?
In most cases for a new permanent liquor licence, the documents listed below must accompany the application. Please check the relevant liquor licence fact sheet and licence application form for more specific information.
- Community Impact Statement - In most cases, a community impact statement must accompany an application for most permanent types of liquor licences, as well as some licence authorisations. This helps the Authority consider the likely impact of the proposed licence or authorisation on the local community and the level of support for the proposal. A Community Impact Statement Toolkit has been developed to assist applicants.
- A copy of the council's development consent or approval for the proposed premises. If development consent or approval has not been obtained when making a liquor licence application, an undertaking can be provided to the Authority to lodge it when it becomes available prior to the application being finalised.
- A scaled plan of the proposed licensed premises (or a sketch in the case of a limited licence).
- A National Police Certificate needs to accompany your licence application (except in the case of a limited licence). This assists the Authority determine the suitability of the applicant to hold a liquor licence. To obtain a Certificate, download and complete the National Criminal History Check Application form (P799) (113 kb), present three acceptable identity documents and pay the $52 fee at your local police station.
- The appropriate application fee.
Environment and Venue Assessment Tool
The Environment and Assessment Venue Tool (EVAT) is an evidence-based tool which is used by OLGR to help assess the submissions it makes on liquor licence applications to the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority. EVAT is used when assessing liquor licence applications across NSW for:
- All new applications for ongoing liquor retail businesses; and
- All applications for licence changes which involve alteration to the way a business operates (e.g. applications for ongoing extended trading).
EVAT does not determine the outcome of applications – it is simply one source of information amongst many that can help inform the Authority’s decision-making process. For more information on EVAT, visit http://www.olgr.nsw.gov.au/liquor_home.asp#evat
Need further help?
Please contact the Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing on 02 9995 0894 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Find your local council
- Find your local police station
- Starting a new business - Visit the NSW Department of State and Regional Development website which has lots of info and tips about starting and managing a small business in NSW.
- Download Running a Business in NSW which provides information about how what different government agencies do and how they can assist your business.
- Register your business name - visit the NSW Office of Fair Trading website for information about how to do this.
- Join an industry association - There are number of liquor industry associations in NSW. Joining an association can bring benefits to new owners and licensees through resources, seminars and training. Please see our related websites page for a full list.
- Liquor Regulation 2008
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