There are things you will need to consider, including licence requirements, before applying for a licence to run a bar or night club.
Ordinary trading hours for an on-premises licence are:
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.
For information about the application fee for a general licence, see Application fees and timing.
Licensed venues that supply alcohol for consumption onsite are required to provide free drinking water to their patrons. See Free water for patrons.
Training for licence applicants helps potential licensees to understand their obligations under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998.
Applicants must complete mandatory training requirements, including Responsible Service of Alcohol, before a liquor licence is granted.
See new entrant training for more information.
For a licence to be issued, the applicant must have the right to occupy the premises. A right to occupy the premises may arise from:
A declaration can be found in the liquor licence application kit (PDF, 2.8MB).
One of the following documents is required to determine a maximum patron capacity: