Local councils play a vital role in the liquor licensing process in Victoria, through planning approvals for venues that wish to trade in their municipalities, and through their ability to object to a new licence or variation.
To support its decision making, and in accordance with requirements under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 (the Act), the VCGLR notifies the relevant local council when it receives a new liquor licence application or variation to an existing licence (excluding applications for major event and other limited licences and for prescribed variations to licences). It also seeks input from Victoria Police.
Local councils have up to 30 days to lodge a written objection with the VCGLR.
In addition, local council may also request the VCGLR to conduct an inquiry into:
The grounds for consideration by the VCGLR when it decides to conduct an inquiry into amenity or disuse are:
If, after conducting a disciplinary action inquiry the VCGLR decides to take action against the licensee, it can choose to:
If, after conducting the inquiry, the VCGLR decides to take action against the licensee, it can choose to:
Unlocking liquor licensing - Resource 2: Liquor licensing laws - Published by VicHealth, this resource aims to improve the knowledge and understanding of Victoria's liquor licensing system and help councils to address alcohol-related harm in their communities.
Liquor licences and applications online - Search for liquor licence applications received by the VCGLR.
The VCGLR has developed a Local government liquor licence objection kit (PDF, 990.44 KB) to provide councils with clearer guidelines about liquor licensing objections and applications.
Please note this kit is an additional resource for local councils. While objections must be in writing, you are not required to use the objection form in the kit.