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Liquor licences are due for renewal by 31 December each year. Each licence incurs a separate fee and a number of factors determine how much a licensee is required to pay.

Liquor licences are due for renewal by 31 December each year. Each licence incurs a separate fee and a number of factors determine how much a licensee is required to pay. There are several payment options available.

Licensees also have the option to register for eLicence and receive their renewed licence by email once payment is received.

The below 'frequently asked questions' are to help you understand the process for paying your licence fee.

If you have further questions, please submit an enquiry via the contact us page including your licence number and your question.

Frequently asked questions

How do I pay my licence renewal fee?

Payment must be made in full using one of the following methods:

  • Credit card: Phone the State Revenue Office (SRO) on 13 21 61 and quote the licence number and renewal fee.
  • BPay: Biller Code is 47316, the reference number is the last seven digits of the licence number. For example, for licence number 31234567, the reference number would be 1234567.
  • Cheque: Make the cheque payable to 'SRO - Liquor Licensing Fees', crossed 'Not Negotiable', and post to: State Revenue Office, GPO Box 4376, Melbourne VIC 3001.

Please note: Payments cannot be made by EFTPOS.

What should I do if I need a replacement invoice?

Please submit an enquiry via the contact us page with details of the licence number and postal address, or return email address if an electronic copy is preferred. If the licence number is unknown, the premises and licence number can be located at Liquor licences and applications online.

What can I do if I am unable to pay now?

Licence fees are due 31 December.

If full payment is not made by 31 March, the licensee cannot continue to lawfully supply liquor on the premises until the full amount is paid. If they continue to supply liquor, enforcement action may be taken against them.

The licence fee could still be paid in full at any time after 31 March until 30 June and the licensee could then resume supplying liquor from the date of payment.

If licensee cannot renew the licence after 30 June; only an owner, mortgagee or other affected person can renew the licence (please see question 5 below for more information).

Licensees should continue to display the previous copy of their licence in their premises until it is replaced with a new licence.

How can I reduce my licence renewal fee?

There are a number of ways licensees may be able to reduce an annual renewal fee. In some circumstances a licensee can:

  • reduce the hours of trade (the hours authorised to supply liquor)
  • reduce the maximum number of patrons allowed on the premises
  • change the category of licence
  • apply to the VCGLR to reduce or waive the fee.

The result of making any of the above changes will vary depending on the individual licence category. The licence category appears on the annual renewal invoice and in the top left corner of the liquor licence.

For information about reducing or waiving renewal fees see Reduce or waive renewal fee.

Who can renew a liquor licence?

The licensee can renew the liquor licence up to 30 June.

After 1 July, the licensee no longer has the right to renew the licence. Only the following persons can apply to renew the licence or permit between 1 July and 30 September:

  • the owner of the licensed premises (providing it is not the licensee)
  • the mortgagee of the licensed premises
  • any other person (not including the licensee) prejudicially affected by the failure of the licensee to pay the renewal fee.

When applying to renew the licence the outstanding renewal fee must be paid. The applicant must also provide proof they are entitled to possession of the property.

The Renewal of licence or permit by owner, mortgagee or other affected person application kit (PDF, 908 KB) is available for download.

If the former licensee is also the owner or currently leasing and entitled to the licensed premises, the only way they can commence supplying liquor again is to lodge an application for a new licence. Liquor cannot be supplied unless a new licence is granted.

After 1 October, any person wishing to supply liquor at the premises must apply for a new liquor licence.

How do I surrender an unwanted licence?

See Surrender licence or permit for more information.

If I surrender my licence during the year, will I get a pro-rata refund on my licence?

No, licence fees are not refundable.

When will I receive my new licence?

Renewal notices are issued in early December, with payment due on 31 December each year.

From November 2016, eLicence will be available to all licensees. By registering their details via the online portal and paying the renewal fee, licensees can receive their renewed liquor licence via e-mail following a short processing time. 

Licensees who do not register for an eLicence will receive their licence by mail from mid-February onwards.

You must display your existing 2016 licence until you receive your new one. 

What is eLicence and how do I register?

An eLicence is a electronic copy of a renewed liquor licence that is emailed to licencees following fee payment and a short processing time. Registration is required for licensees to receive an eLicence.

To register for eLicence, licensees are required to enter their details on the eLicence portal, including their licence number and the security PIN provided in their liquor licence renewal notice.  Renewed liquor licences will then be emailed to the nominated e-mail address for printing and display once full payment of their renewal fee has been received. Further information about printing requirements can be found at the base of the Liquor signage page of our website.

How are licence renewal fees calculated?

Find information about how liquor licence fees are calculated in the Liquor licence fees fact sheet (PDF, 478KB).

What is the star rating system?

The star rating system provides incentive for licensees to comply with Victoria's liquor licensing laws. Under this system, responsible licensees will receive a discount on their annual liquor licence renewal fees.

Liquor licensees will receive a discount if their liquor licence was four or five stars from three years ago.

To be eligible for your discount you must not have had a non-compliance incident recorded against your licence in the last three years.

All new liquor licences begin at the three star level.

For more information, see Star rating system.

What are the key annual renewal dates?

The following table outlines the important dates for licence and permit renewals each year:

Date Renewal milestone
31 December Renewal fees are due.
31 March (or next working day) Licensees who have not paid their fees by this date and continue to supply liquor, will be doing so illegally.
30 June If the licence or permit has not been renewed by this date, the licensee or permittee has no further right to renew the licence or permit.
30 September Where a licensee has failed to renew a licence or permit by 30 June, then an owner, mortgagee or other person who is prejudicially affected by the failure may apply by this date for renewal of the licence or permit.
Late November - early December The State Revenue Office issues annual renewal notices to licensees for the following year by this month.
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27 July 2017