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Late night freeze

The Victorian Government has extended the freeze on granting new liquor licence applications to trade after 1am in local governments areas of Melbourne (including Docklands), Stonnington, Yarra and Port Phillip, until 30 June 2019.

Who is affected by the freeze policy?
Applies to: Does not apply to:

Applications in the local government areas of:

  • Melbourne (including the Docklands)
  • Port Phillip
  • Yarra
  • Stonnington.

Applications for local government areas other than those listed.

   

 

Applications for the grant, relocation and variation of the following licence types:

  • major event
  • general
  • on-premises
  • packaged liquor
  • limited (including renewable)
  • late night (general, on-premises and packaged liquor)
  • BYO permit.

Applications, relocations or transfers of the following licence types:

  • restaurant and cafe
  • club and restricted club
  • wine and beer producer's
  • pre-retail.

 

 

New applications to trade post 1am in the freeze areas

The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) will generally not grant applications for licences to trade after 1am in Melbourne (including Docklands), Stonnington, Yarra and Port Phillip, unless certain conditions are met.

The VCGLR refers to specific decision-making guidelines when determining applications from licensees who wish to serve liquor after 1am within these areas. For more information download the Decision-Making Guidelines Late Night Freeze (PDF, 327KB).

Local council support

All applications to serve liquor after 1am in these areas require the prior support of the relevant local council.

Each local council has developed its own process or policy on how decisions will be made on these applications.

Contact your relevant local council for further information and guidance. 

Other types of conditions apply

Other conditions apply based on the type of liquor licence requested. See below licence categories.

Permanent licences

Step 1

Secure local council support first.

Step 2

Applicants for the grant, relocation or variation of permanent liquor licences must satisfy the VCGLR that:

  • the premises:
    • are used as an accommodation hotel
    • is a venue that regularly provides live music entertainment or
    • is a venue that supplies liquor for consumption on the premises provided food is available at all times when alcohol is supplied
  • the patron capacity does not exceed 200
  • the economic and social benefit of granting the licence will outweigh the impact of alcohol misuse and abuse and community amenity
  • management plan (PDF 144KB) is in place.
Temporary and major event licences

Step 1

Secure local council support first.

Step 2

Applicants for temporary liquor and major event licences must satisfy the VCGLR their application is for:

  • a significant cultural festival
  • a major tourist event
  • New Year's Eve
  • a major live music event
  • a major charity event

And

  • management plan (PDF 144KB) is in place and that any food service conditions on the licence will be until alcohol service finishes.

Download the Late night liquor supplementary forms kit (PDF 544KB)

Page last modified 
3 February 2017