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What liquor sign do I need? We have a new online tool to help you

We have a new online tool called What sign do I need? to help venue operators understand what liquor (or gaming) signs are required by law and shows visually where they should be displayed. The tool has been successfully trialed on OLGR's interactive kiosks at our head office reception over recent months.

Please read our fact sheet, What liquor signs do I need? for more information about which liquor signs are required.

Mandatory liquor signs for licensed venues

Sign 1 – Under 18s not to be served alcohol – all premises

This sign must be displayed wherever alcohol is sold on licensed premises i.e. at each bar and counter.

Where there is no bar or counter (eg a restaurant), the sign must be prominently displayed at each entrance of the premises.

By law this sign must be purchased from the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing and cannot be reproduced.


sign 1

Sign 2 – Bar areas of hotels and clubs, and gaming machine areas of clubs

This sign must be displayed in each bar area of a hotel or club.

A bar area is defined as any area of a hotel or club where liquor is served, except those areas where a person under 18 are allowed by law to enter eg. dining area, authorised minors area in a hotel.

This sign is also required to be displayed in the gaming machine areas of clubs.

By law this sign must be purchased from the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing and cannot be reproduced.


sign 2

Sign 3 – Under 18 authorisation sign – hotels and public entertainment venues

This sign must be visible from each entrance to areas of a hotel where a minors area authorisation is in place. A minors area authorisation allows under 18s into an area of a hotel when in the company of a responsible adult.

In the case of an on-premise licence that relates to a public entertainment venue (not a cinema or theatre), this sign must be visible from each entrance to any area where entertainment is provided.

By law this sign must be purchased from the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing and cannot be reproduced.


sign 3

Sign 4 – Breath testing sign ? premises with breath analysis machines

This sign must be clearly displayed next to a breath analysis machine, where one is installed.

This sign does not have to be purchased from the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing but cannot be reproduced without express permission. Venues wishing to produce their own sign must use the same wording prescribed by law.


sign 4

Sign 5 – PSA Sign – Restaurants with a primary service authorisation

Only licensed restaurants which have applied for and been granted a primary service authorisation (PSA) by the Casino, Liquor and Gaming Control Authority can serve alcohol without a meal. The primary purpose of licensed restuarants must continue to be the provision of food/meals - including those which have been granted a primary service authorisation.

To find out about how to apply for a PSA , read our primary service authorisation fact sheet.

Only licensed restaurants, and other venues which have been granted a PSA, can and are required by law, to display a PSA sign at or near every entrance to the premises.

Note: Licensed restaurants that held a drink or dine authority on 30 June 2008 (under the old liquor laws) are deemed automatically have a primary service authorisation from 1 July 2008. Such venues must also display a PSA sign at evey entrance to their premises by law from 1 January 2009.


primary service authorisation sign

Sign 6 – Under 18s not permitted during liquor trading hours – small bars

This sign applies to small bar licences and must be displayed so that it can be seen by a person entering the premises.

By law this sign must be purchased from the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing and cannot be reproduced.


primary service authorisation sign

Sign 7 – Alcohol not be sold to under 18s sign – all internet operators

A sign with the same wording as Sign 1, must be displayed wherever alcohol is sold via the Internet.


It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years.

Sign 8: Front of premises sign – all premises

A sign must be displayed at the front of the premises that shows the name of the premises, the type of liquor licence held and the name of the licensee.

On-premises licences must also indicate the type of business or activity carried out on the premises e.g. restaurant, and for Hotels designated as a general bar, it must indicate that it is a general bar licence.

The sign must be displayed so that it can be read by a person from outside of the front of the premises.

 

Useful voluntary signs

new sign Proof of age

Our proof of age poster aims to assist front of house/bar staff at licensed venues to inform potential customers photo identity requirements and warns younger patrons in particular, that ID's will be checked.

The eye catching poster includes images of three of the four acceptable forms of photo ID that NSW venues can accept under the law - current driver/rider's licence, NSW PhotoCard, passport or proof of age card (issued in any state or territory except NSW). The poster is available in both hard plastic and as decal (for placing behind glass).


Proof of age sign

Free posters and downloads – voluntary

There is free artwork available for use by licensees, local liquor accord members and precinct liquor accord members. Further information is available from our Posters and downloads page.

 

How do I purchase signs?

You can buy signs and other products from OLGR by visiting the NSW Government’s secure online purchasing website - Shop NSW Visit ShopNSW. You can also download a PDF Mail Order Form (86 kb) from our website which you can fax /mail to us or visit our Customer Service Team at:
Street address:
level 6, 323 Castlereagh St
Haymarket

Please see the contact us page for phone details and open hours.

All writtten correspondence to:
GPO Box 7060
Sydney NSW 2001

Please note: we cannot take orders for signs and products over the telephone.

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