There are things you will need to consider, including licence requirements, before applying for a licence to run a sexually explicit entertainment (SEE) venue.
Under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998, a licensee must notify the Commission within 21 days after commencing to provide sexually explicit entertainment on the licensed premises. It is an offence not to notify the Commission and a penalty applies. Failure to notify may also result in disciplinary action being taken against the licensee.
When a licensee notifies the Commission that they have commenced providing sexually explicit entertainment, the Commission may decide to put sexually explicit entertainment conditions on the licence.
If the Commission is considering imposing these conditions on the licence, the licensee will be told what the proposed conditions are, and given an opportunity to make a submission before the Commission makes a final decision.
Changes to the fee structure for sexually explicit entertainment venues came into effect on 1 January 2010.
Licence fees for these venues will be higher if there are one or more paid infringements or successful prosecutions for responsible service of alcohol offences recorded against the licensed premises.
The following offences will impact the annual renewal fees:
In calculating the fees, the compliance history over a 12-month period - between 1 October to 30 September - will determine the level of fee payable by a sexually explicit entertainment venue.
general licence - authorises the supply of liquor for consumption both on and off the licensed premises.
on-premises licence - authorises the supply of liquor for consumption on the licensed premises only.
Any business with appropriate planning permission that wishes to supply alcohol for consumption on the premises. Pubs, hotels, bars and taverns would normally hold a general or an on-premises licence.
Ordinary trading hours for a general licence and a on-premises licence are:
Please note that a freeze is currently in place on granting applications to trade post 1am in the local government areas of Melbourne, Port Phillip, Stonnington and Yarra unless there are exceptional circumstances. For more information, see Late night freeze.
Licensed venues that supply alcohol for consumption onsite are required to provide free drinking water to their patrons. It will be left to the discretion of the licensee how water is supplied. Failure to supply free drinking water will attract substantial fines. To find out more about these conditions, see Free water for patrons.