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Things to consider before applying - Live music venue

There are things you will need to consider, including licence requirements, before applying for a licence to run a live music venue.

This licence authorises the licensee to supply liquor on the licensed premises for consumption on the licensed premises. A late night application must be completed when applying for a general licence or an on-premises licence where trading hours extend after 1am.

Training for liquor licence applicants

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.

If you are applying for a Late Night General or Late Night On Premises licence, licensees and the person in management control of the premises will be required to complete an Advanced RSA course within six months of a licence being granted.

See new entrant training for more information.

Declaration of the right to occupy the premises

For a licence to be issued, the applicant must have the right to occupy the premises. You need to complete the Notification Declaration - right to occupy form which is located in the application kit.

Maximum patron capacity

One of the following documents is required to determine a maximum patron capacity:

  • the most recently issued planning permit which contains a maximum patron capacity, or
  • a copy of an occupancy permit showing a prescribed patron capacity, or
  • a report from a registered building surveyor.

For more information download the Maximum patron capacity fact sheet (PDF, 300KB).

Management plans

A management plan identifies and develops a responsible approach to running the venue. The management of a licensed premises plays a vital role in preventing and reducing antisocial behaviour and violence in licensed premises.

It is the responsibility of the licensee to manage the risks of alcohol-related harm in their venue. Each licensed premises presents different risks and licensees are in a unique position to understand the particular issues and risks relevant to their licensed premises.

Generally, applications for trading after 1am or large patron capacities will require a management plan. For more information see the Management plan fact sheet (PDF, 291KB).

See the matrix below for venues that require a management plan.

Live music licence conditions matrix

The matrix sets out suggested licence conditions for licensed premises that provide live music entertainment to address the requirements of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 (the Act). As a guide, each level in the matrix sets out suggested licence conditions differentiated by the trading hours and patron capacity endorsed on the licence.

  Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
Venues All venues authorised to trade until 11pm or Venues authorised to trade between 11pm and 1am (and not after) with a maximum patron capacity of 400 or less or Restaurant and cafe licence or wine and beer producer's licence# Venues authorised to trade until 1am with a maximum patron capacity of 401 or more or Venues authorised to trade past 1am with a maximum patron capacity of 200 or less Venues authorised to trade after 1am with a maximum patron capacity of between 201 and 600 patrons Venues authorised to trade after 1am with a maximum patron capacity of 601 or more Venues authorised to trade after 1am with a maximum patron capacity 601 or more and Poor compliance history or Venues that provide sexually explicit entertainment
  Licence conditions Licence conditions Licence conditions Licence conditions Licence conditions
Standard conditions Basic conditions^ Basic conditions^ Basic conditions^ Basic conditions^ and CCTV Crowd controllers* Basic conditions^ and CCTV Crowd controllers* and additional conditions determined by the VCGLR
Additional conditions N/A CCTV CCTV and crowd controllers* N/A N/A
Is a management plan required? N/A Optional Optional Yes Yes

^ Basic conditions include amenity, patron capacity and/or trading hours. These conditions are currently imposed on most licences and would continue to be imposed as relevant and appropriate.

* Crowd controller licence conditions would be assessed on a case-by-case basis and may require crowd controllers during specified times or when particular numbers of patrons are in attendance.

# Restaurant and cafe licences or wine and beer producer's licences will usually fall into Level 1. However, the VCGLR has the discretion to change the suggested level of these licences for individual licensed premises, for example where the licence contains a large patron capacity.

Apply for a live music venue licence

Page last modified 
21 February 2017