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Things to consider before applying - packaged liquor licence

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Packaged liquorBottleshop

There are things you will need to consider, including licence requirements, before applying for a packaged liquor licence.

A packaged liquor licence allows you to sell alcohol in containers to people who will drink it away from your licensed premises only. You do not want to sell alcohol to people to drink on your premises, although you may offer free tastings on your licensed premises as part of this type of licence.

The packaged liquor licence available to you depends on the hours you wish to trade and the location of your licensed premises.

Decision making guidelines

The Decision-Making Guidelines for packaged liquor (PDF, 132KB) for granting packaged liquor licences, including those that operate outside ordinary trading hours. It considers the grant of packaged liquor licences within the objective of harm minimisation.

It states that packaged liquor licences with trading hours that are greater than ordinary trading hours should only be granted by the Commission in exceptional circumstances, and that hours should not extend past midnight.

Compulsory training

Any person who, at any time, has management or control of the licensed premises must have completed a Responsible Serving of Alcohol (RSA) refresher course in the previous financial year.

Licensees must produce evidence that the training has been completed if requested by Victoria Police or VCGLR Inspectors. It is recommended that a copy of the RSA training certificate be kept on the premises as proof of completion.

Other requirements, restrictions and entitlements

  • The VCGLR must be satisfied that the predominant activity to be conducted on the licensed premises is the retail supply of liquor for consumption off the licensed premises.
  • Free tastings may be held on the licensed premises during trading hours.
  • Applications for a packaged liquor licence received must include a planning permit or written permission from the relevant local council.
  • When applying for, or to vary a packaged liquor licence, an applicant must ensure that a notice of the application appears within the "Public Notices" or "Law Notices" sections of an acceptable newspaper. For details regarding what is an acceptable notice, see the Guidelines for advertising packaged liquor licence applications (PDF, 247 KB).

Application fee payable

For information about the application fee for a packaged liquor licence, see Application fees.

Apply for a packaged liquor licence

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22 March 2017