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Objecting to a liquor licence application

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Licensed premises can have a significant impact on the amenity of the surrounding area. While they often contribute to the culture and prosperity of an area, the presence of a licensed premises can attract more visitors to the surrounding area, sometimes resulting in increased noise and other amenity issues.

How does the VCGLR make decisions about whether to grant an application?

The VCGLR considers applications for a licence or permit, and variations or transfers of a licence or permit in accordance with the Liquor Control Act 1988 and other regulations. When considering the potential impact on amenity, the VCGLR considers:

  • the presence or absence of parking facilities
  • traffic movement and density
  • noise levels
  • the possibility of nuisance or vandalism
  • the harmony and coherence of the environment
  • any other prescribed matters.
The role of police and local councils

In determining whether to grant an application, the VCGLR also takes into account the views of local councils and police:

  • All applications for a liquor licence or BYO permit, or variation or transfer of a licence or permit (except for limited licences, major event licences and prescribed variations of a licence or permit) are sent to Victoria Police for comment.
  • All applications for a liquor licence or variation of a licence (except for limited licences, major event licences and prescribed variations of a licence) are sent to the relevant local council for comment.
  • The VCGLR may also seek the views of police and local council for any application, including those relating to major events and limited licences.
  • Local councils may object to a liquor licence application if the proposed premises are, or will be, located in their municipal district, using the Local government liquor licence objection kit.
How can I find out if someone has applied for a liquor licence in my area?

Applicants for licences that are required to display a public notice (including general, on-premises and restaurant and cafe licences) must display an A3 size public notice at the proposed licensed premises in a manner that invites public attention for up to 28 days:

During this time, members of the community can object to the liquor licence application.

However, there are certain types of applications that do not have the requirement to display a public notice (including BYO, pre-retail and some temporary licences) and therefore, members of the community cannot object to those applications.

To search for liquor licence applications received by the VCGLR, see Liquor licences and applications online. If you require the details of a liquor licence application, you must check the public notice displayed at the proposed licensed premises.

What are the grounds for objecting to a liquor licence?

To object to a liquor licence, you must demonstrate two things:

  1. the granting of the licence would have an adverse impact on the amenity of the area, and
  2. it would have a negative impact on the objector.

The following are not valid reasons for objection:

  • the business would not be successful
  • another licensed business would be adversely affected
  • there is insufficient need or demand to justify the grant of the application.

When an objection is made, the impact to the amenity of the area plays a significant role in the decision to refuse or grant the licence application. Amenity means the quality of an area that is pleasant and agreeable.

How do I make an objection?

In order for the VCGLR consider an objection, it must be:

  • made in writing
  • made within the timeframes set out in the Act
  • clearly set out the grounds on which the objection is made and state the reasons for the objection.

Objections should be posted to:

The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation
GPO Box 1988
MELBOURNE VIC 3001

You may also lodge an objection in person to:

Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation
Level 3
12 Shelley Street
RICHMOND VIC 3121

(Check the Contact us section of the website for opening hours.)

Objections can also be sent via email to contact@vcglr.vic.gov.au

Refusal to accept an objection

The VCGLR can refuse to accept an objection if it considers that:

  • the person making the objection is not affected by the application
  • the objection is frivolous or vexatious
  • the objection is not in accordance with the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998.
Withdrawal of an objection

If you have made an objection and decide to withdraw it, you can do so at anytime.

Information on withdrawing an application is included in the acknowledgement letter sent to the objector(s).

How to appeal a decision by the VCGLR

An applicant or objector may submit an application to have the decision of a delegate of the VCGLR reviewed. Please note, only decisions made by a single commissioner or delegate may be reviewed internally.

The appeal must be lodged within 28 days after the:

  • decision first came to the notice of the applicant or objector, or
  • applicant or objector received a statement of reasons for the decision.

The later of these two dates will be accepted.

You can lodge an appeal application by:

  1. Delivering the Appeal application form and supporting documentation to: Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, Level 3, 12 Shelley Street RICHMOND VIC 3121.
  2. Posting the Appeal application form and supporting documentation to: Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, GPO Box 1988 MELBOURNE VIC 3001.
  3. Emailing the Appeal application form and supporting documentation to contact@vcglr.vic.gov.au.

Download the Application to the Commission for internal review (PDF, 38KB)

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19 September 2017