This page outlines the different types of liquor licences. It has information on different scenarios, who would normally apply and what licence is required.
If you are unsure if you need a liquor licence, watch the short video below to learn more.
Transcript for Do I need a liquor licence?
Some of the issues that may influence which licence is right for you include:
Look at the scenarios below and select the section that best reflects the way you want to be authorised to supply alcohol. You will then be guided to the most appropriate licence application procedure.
Scenario 1: If you are planning:
Who would normally apply
In most circumstances, temporary limited licences are sought by persons, businesses, clubs or other organisations holding:
Apply for a temporary limited licence
Scenario 2: If you only want to supply alcohol in a substantially restricted or limited scale or scope such as:
Renewable limited licences are often sought by:
Apply for a renewable limited licence
Scenario 3: If you want to sell liquor for people to both:
Any business with appropriate planning permission that wishes to supply alcohol for consumption on the premises, as well as to take away.
Pubs, hotels and taverns would normally hold a general licence.
Scenario 4: For clubs that want to supply liquor to members and guests of members.
Sporting club, membership club
Scenario 5: If you want to sell alcohol for consumption only on licensed premises and not for people to buy to take away.
Bar, night club, restaurant, cafe
Scenario 6: If you want to sell packaged liquor on a retail basis for people to consume away from the licensed premises.
Licensed supermarket, stand-alone bottle shop
Scenario 7: If you only want to allow people to bring their own alcohol to your club or restaurant.
Restaurant, club, party bus
Note: If you are a restaurant operator and want to sell alcohol as well as allow people to bring their own, you should select the on-premises licence.
Scenario 8: If you want to supply alcohol on a wholesale basis to other licensees.
Wholesalers, producers, brewers and liquor importers would normally apply for a pre-retail licence.
Apply for a pre-retail licence
Scenario 9: If you operate a winery or brewery.
To be eligible to hold this licence, it is a requirement that:
Apply for a wine and beer producer's licence
Scenario 10: If you want to sell alcohol by mail order or on the Internet either as:
The type of licence you apply for depends on your circumstances and business operations.