Here you'll find fact sheets on a range of liquor licensing topics.
Responsible liquor advertising and promotion fact sheet (PDF, 282 KB)
This fact sheet sets clear standards for the conduct of licensees in relation to responsible liquor advertising and promotions.
ANZAC Day trading hours fact sheet (PDF, 282 KB)
Restrictions on trading hours on ANZAC Day.
BYO permit for party buses fact sheet (PDF, 248 KB)
Some commercially operated party buses that take pre-bookings and allow passengers to bring their own alcohol on board are required to apply for a BYO permit.
Barring powers fact sheet (PDF, 542 KB)
Licensees have a responsibility to not allow drunk, violent or quarrelsome persons to enter or remain on their licensed premises. To assist licensees, there are three options available to licensees when it comes to barring/banning troublesome patrons.
Breaches under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 fact sheet (PDF, 261KB)
A list of liquor related breaches and associated penalties which are provided for under the Act.
Liquor licence options for clubs sharing facilities fact sheet (PDF, 330 KB)
Clubs that are interested in reducing the cost of holding a liquor licence may like to consider the options set out in this fact sheet.
Demerit points system fact sheet (PDF, 272 KB)
The demerit points system will contribute to improved compliance with liquor laws and a responsible liquor industry.
Liquor licence fees fact sheet (PDF, 224KB)
Sets out the fees that are charged on making an application for a liquor licence, and a range of other activities relating to the licensing system as provided for under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998.
Fire safety in licensed premises (PDF, 435KB)
The fact sheet explains the importance of ensuring licensed premises are safe from a serious fire threat.
Sample house rules for packaged liquor licences (PDF, 480KB)
The fact sheet explains the importance of ensuring licensed premises are safe from a serious fire threat. The code of conduct for packaged liquor licences states that you must develop a set of house rules for your packaged liquor business.
Licence conditions for live music venues fact sheet (PDF, 331 KB)
Licensed premises which provide live music entertainment and currently have licence conditions requiring crowd controllers when live music is provided can apply to have their licence conditions varied by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation.
Management plan fact sheet (PDF, 144KB)
For applicants seeking to vary their licence conditions for a live music venue and applicants subject to the late night liquor licence freeze in the municipalities of Melbourne (including the district known as Docklands), Stonnington, Yarra and Port Phillip.
Maximum patron capacity fact sheet (PDF, 301 KB)
The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation has a maximum patron capacity policy that guides how patron capacity is determined for a liquor licence.
Minors on licensed premises (PDF, 450KB)
Liquor licensees or permittees wishing to hold events that are open to minors (persons under 18 years of age) in licensed premises must submit either an application or a notification to the VCGLR, depending on whether the event includes live music.
New Year' Eve fact sheet (PDF, 764 KB)
To help licensees plan for New Years's Eve, advise of extended trading hours and serve alcohol responsibly by implementing additional voluntary measures.
BYO permit for party buses fact sheet (PDF, 248 KB)
Some commercially operated party buses that take pre-bookings and allow passengers to bring their own alcohol on board are now required to apply for a BYO permit.
Payment of liquor licence and BYO permit annual renewal fees (PDF, 238 KB)
All permanent liquor licences and BYO permits incur an annual fee as provided for under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998.
Plans of licensed premises fact sheet (PDF, 477 KB)
When a liquor licence is granted, it is for a defined area. This area is shown by a red line drawn on a plan of the premises, submitted with the application, and approved by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation. This fact sheet sets out the requirements of such a plan.
Modifications to plans of licensed premises (PDF, 427KB)
If a licensee or permittee wishes to increase or decrease the size of a licensed premises, or change the perimeter of a licensed premises, they must apply to the VCGLR for permission to do so. If the VCGLR grants the application, the change will be reflected by amending the red-line on the plan of the licensed premises.
Residents' registers on licensed premises fact sheet (PDF, 269 KB)
A residents' register must be kept on licensed premises where accommodation is provided by holders of a general licence, a late night (general) licence, an on-premises licence, or a late night (on-premises) licence.
Required signage for licensed premises fact sheet (PDF, 333 KB)
It is important that licensees and the community be aware of Victorian liquor laws relating to underage drinking, drunkenness and public safety issues. The signage outlined here is made available by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, to assist in this regard.
Sexually explicit entertainment annual renewal fees fact sheet (PDF, 137KB)
Under the risk-based liquor licence fee structure, annual licence renewal fees for licences with sexually explicit entertainment licence conditions are determined by a separate fee structure.
Star rating system fact sheet (PDF, 278 KB)
The star rating system provides greater incentives for licensees to comply with Victoria's liquor licensing laws.
Supplying alcohol to minors in a private home fact sheet (PDF, 232 KB)
The supply of alcohol to a minor in private home without parental consent is prohibited by law.
Training for licence applicants fact sheet (PDF, 326 KB)
Licence applicants are required to complete an approved course that covers understanding the liquor law and Responsible Service of Alcohol. This fact sheet sets out who has to complete the new entrant training.
Temporary limited licence fact sheet (PDF, 424.35 KB)
A temporary limited licence authorises the licensee to supply liquor at the times and subject to the conditions specified in the licence. This fact sheet sets out when a temporary limited licence will be required to supply liquor within Victoria.
Understanding your liquor licence fact sheet (PDF, 416 KB)
This information sheet aims to help licensees understand and comply with their licence conditions.
Mandatory water fact sheet (PDF, 136KB)
Licensed venues that supply alcohol for consumption on-site are required to provide free drinking water to their patrons. How water is supplied is left to the discretion of the licensee. Failure to supply free drinking water could attract substantial fines.
Wine and beer producer's licence fact sheet (PDF, 300 KB)
The wine and beer producer's fact sheet describes the different activities that are permitted under this licence category.