Every licensed premise must display their liquor licence adjacent to its principal entrance.
The types of liquor licences are:
This provides for the sale and supply of liquor for consumption in or on the specified licensed premises, i.e. cafes, taverns and hotels. The area specified as licensed is defined on plans provided and may include outside areas. e.g. hotels, taverns, restaurants.
Similar to an On Licence but specific to a club premises and club members, affiliates and guests of club members.
Provides for the sale of liquor (take home) which is to be consumed else where. e.g. bottle stores, supermarkets. (Some hotels and taverns may hold both an off and on licence.)
On, off and club licences can take several months to process as various reports are required, and specified time periods must be allowed for the public to comment on the application.
All of the above licences are issued for one year (a probation year) and then normally will be renewed for a period of three years. If any or all of the reporting bodies indicate that the premises have been a concern during the previous licensed period the application may well need to be determined by way of a public hearing by the Liquor Licensing Authority.
Bring your own (BYO)
This is an endorsed on licence (specific to restaurants) which allows the consumption of liquor brought to the premises by persons who are there for the purpose of dining.
This allows the new owner of a licensed premise to trade on an existing licence until they obtain a new a licence in their own name. Normally issued for three months.
This application should be lodged 10 working days before the takeover date. The agency has a meeting every Wednesday where each application is assessed. Providing all reports and information is received, and neither the police nor inspector have any objection, the application will normally be approved within two weeks. A sale and purchase agreement, proof of tenure or Certificate of Compliance is also required.
Special licence for special event
Allows for the sale of liquor at special occasions. This is normally used to extend the hours or area of a licensed premises or to licence one-off events where no licence is currently held.
A special licence is valid for the particular event, or series of events, or social gathering, specified in the licence. Applications must be lodged 20 working days before the date of the function.
There will be a designation assigned to your licence. These include:
- Restricted – No one on the premises under 18 years of age.
- Supervised – 18 years or over or at any age if accompanied by parent or legal guardian. Liquor will not be sold to anyone under the age of 18. Liquor may be supplied to someone under 18 by their parent or legal guardian.
- Undesignated – People of any age may be present but liquor will not be sold to anyone under 18 years of age. Liquor may be supplied to someone under 18 by their parent or legal guardian.