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Apply for an on-premises licence

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An on-premises licence authorises the sale of liquor for consumption on the licensed premises. This page explains how to apply for a licence.

Any business with appropriate planning permission is eligible to seek an on-premises licence.

Who would normally apply?
  • bars
  • nightclubs.

Note: Restaurants and cafes whose predominant activity, at all times, is the preparation and serving of meals for consumption on the premises should apply for a Restaurant and cafe licence.

Trading hours

Ordinary trading hours for an on-premises licence are:

  • 7am to 11pm, Monday to Saturday (excluding ANZAC Day and Good Friday)
  • 10am to 11pm on Sunday
  • 12 noon to 11pm, ANZAC Day and Good Friday.

Applicants may also apply for additional trading hours.

If you want to extend your trading hours after 1am, you will need to apply for a late night (on-premises) licence. 

Note that a freeze is currently in place on granting applications to trade after 1am in the local government areas of Melbourne, Port Phillip, Stonnington and Yarra unless there are exceptional circumstances. 

Apply for an on-premises licence

To apply for an on-premises licence, download and complete the On-premises licence application kit (PDF, 1.38 MB). Details on how to lodge your completed application are included in the kit.

Apply for a late night (on-premises) licence

A late night (on-premises) licence authorises the supply of alcohol for on-premises consumption after 1am.

Who would normally apply?

Businesses wishing to trade with an on-premises liquor licence past 1am. Restaurants and cafes operating under a restaurant and cafe licence have a lower risk of alcohol-related harm. Consequently, they do not need to apply for a late night licence if they continue to trade after 1am.

To apply for a late night (on-premises) licence, download and complete the Late night (general or on-premises) licence application kit (PDF, 1.36 MB). Details on how to lodge your completed application are included in the kit.

Note: that there is currently a freeze on late night licence applications in the Local Government areas of Melbourne, Port Phillip, Stonnington and Yarra. 

Page last modified 
3 May 2017