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A licensed premises contributes to the culture and prosperity of an area and can attract more visitors to the surrounding area, sometimes resulting in increased noise and other amenity issues.
We assess applications for a licence or permit, and variations or transfers of a licence or permit in accordance with the Liquor Control Act 1988 and other regulations. When considering the potential impact on amenity of an area, we consider:
We will only accept objections to a liquor licence on the following grounds:
To object to a liquor licence, you must demonstrate two things:
The following are not valid reasons for objection:
When an objection is made, the impact to the amenity of the area plays a significant role in the decision to refuse or grant the licence application. Amenity means the quality of an area that is pleasant and agreeable.
Some applications for liquor licences require the display of an A3 size public notice at the proposed licensed premises in a manner that invites public attention for up to 28 days.
During this time, members of the community can object to the liquor licence application.
However, there are certain types of applications that do not have the requirement to display a public notice including BYO, pre-retail and some temporary licences and therefore, you cannot object to those applications.
To search for liquor licence applications received by us, see Liquor licences and applications online
Details of a liquor licence application are also on the public notice displayed at the proposed licensed premises.
Important: All objections will be treated as public documents. Full details of the objection, including the name and address of the objector will be provided to the licence applicant and they will be invited to address any objectors concerns.
For us to consider an objection, it must be:
To make an objection, see: Object to a liquor licence application
Objections can also be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to:
The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation
GPO Box 1988
MELBOURNE VIC 3001
We can refuse to accept an objection if:
If you have made an objection and decide to withdraw it, you can do so at anytime.
Information on withdrawing an application is included in an acceptance email sent directly to the objector(s).
An applicant or objector may apply to have a decision reviewed however, we can only review decisions made by a single commissioner or delegate.
The appeal must be lodged within 28 days after the (whichever is the latter of the two dates):
You can lodge an appeal application by submitting a completed application form, and supporting documentation by:
For a copy of the appeal application form, see: Application to the Commission for internal review
We send certain liquor licence applications to Victoria Police or the relevant local council for comment as outlined below. We may also seek the views of police and local council for any licence application not listed below.
Applications sent to
All applications for a liquor licence or BYO permit, or variation, relocation or transfer of a licence or permit (except for some limited licences, some major event licences and prescribed variations of a licence or permit)
All applications for a liquor licence or variation or relocation of a licence (except for some limited licences, some major event licences and prescribed variations of a licence)