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Things to consider before applying - SEE venue

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.

Fees for sexually explicit entertainment

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:

  • supplying alcohol to an intoxicated person
  • permitting a drunk or disorderly person on the premises
  • supplying alcohol to a minor, other than as permitted
  • permitting a minor on licensed premises.

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.

What liquor licence is required?
  • 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.

 

Who would normally apply?

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.

Trading hours

Ordinary trading hours for a general licence and a on-premises licence are:

  • 7am to 11pm Monday to Saturday (excluding ANZAC Day and Good Friday)
  • 10am to 11pm Sunday
  • 12 noon to 11pm ANZAC Day and Good Friday.

Applicants may also apply for additional trading hours. If you want to extend your trading hours past 1am, you will need to apply for a late night (general) or late night (on-premises) licence.

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.

Mandatory water requirements

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.

Apply for a liquor licence to run a sexually explicit entertainment venue

Page last modified 
24 August 2017