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Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for licensees

We are working with government departments and agencies to implement a range of measures in response to coronavirus and respond to state of emergency changes to restrictions.

The following outlines the relevant restrictions and support in place relating to gambling and liquor licensees across Victoria.

Restrictions are changing to slow the spread of coronavirus in Victoria.

PUBLIC OUTDOOR AREAS - existing licensees: Temporary Limited Licence for external, outdoor areas to supply liquor - (outdoor area temp licence)

We have introduced a streamlined approach to help existing licensees temporarily use public outdoor areas to supply liquor as outlined in the
Coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap to reopening

Existing licensees will first need written permission from their local council to use public external/outdoor areas that are not currently authorised under the licensee’s existing permanent liquor licence.

If you have council permission to use the outdoor area, and you subsequently apply for a temporary limited licence (outdoor area temp licence) this may be granted and a licence issued to you that allows the supply of liquor in the outdoor area

There is no fee associated with applying for an outdoor area temp licence in relation to a public outdoor area..

If you would like to temporarily supply liquor in an outdoor area that falls outside the red-line plan of your existing permanent licence, and the land is privately-owned, please refer to content under the heading “PRIVATELY-OWNED OUTDOOR AREAS: Temporary Limited Licence available for external, outdoor areas to supply liquor (outdoor area temp licence)”

If you are a BYO premittee, please refer to the content under the heading "OUTDOOR AREAS - BYO permittee: temporary limited licence available for external, outdoor areas to supply liquor (outdoor area temp licence)"

Eligibility to apply

Eligible licence types

You must hold one of the following permanent licence types to be eligible for an outdoor area temp licence in relation to a public outdoor area: 

  • Club licence (full club or restricted club)
  • On-premises licence or late night (on-premises) licence
  • Restaurant and cafe licence
  • Producer’s licence
  • Renewable limited licence that allows on-premises consumption.

General or late night (general) licences

If you hold a general or late night (general) liquor licence, you may not need to apply for an outdoor area temp licence because, subject to you complying with council’s local laws and/or planning requirements, you can already supply liquor in outdoor areas being footpaths or kerbside areas under your existing licence. See the VCGLR plan of licensed premises factsheet, see:
Plans of licensed premises 

However, if you have a specific condition on your general or late night (general) licence restricting the supply of liquor for consumption off the premises, or want to supply liquor in an outdoor area other than in a footpath or kerbside area, you may wish to apply for an outdoor area temp licence.

Requirements when applying and processing times 

To apply for an outdoor area temp licence in relation to a public outdoor area, you will need to provide the following documents from your local council with your application:

  1. Written permission from your local council allowing you to use the outdoor area (this may be a permit, licence, or letter issued by the local council). Please ensure that this permission has an end date. The absence of an end or expiry date will delay the processing of your application.
  2. A plan that clearly describes the boundary of the outdoor area endorsed by your local council (this can be part of the written permission under item 1).
  3. Specified trading hours for the outdoor area, from your local council (this may be part of the written permission under item 1).

In providing these documents, the VCGLR will endeavour to process your application within three (3) business days. If your application is missing any of these documents, this will cause delay and you will be contacted and asked to submit the missing documents.

In certain circumstances the VCGLR may need to seek further information which may also cause delay.

Note. if there is an existing leased area arrangement relating to outdoor dining between a local council and an existing licensee, the above document requirements do not apply. Instead, the document requirements are those required in relation to an outdoor area temp licence in relation to privately-owned outdoor areas. In these circumstances, please refer to content under the heading “PRIVATELY-OWNED OUTDOOR AREAS: Temporary Limited Licence available for external, outdoor areas to supply liquor (outdoor area temp licence)”.

Limitations

If an outdoor area temp licence in relation to a public outdoor area is issued, you must adhere to the following limitations:

  • Food must be available for purchase at all times when liquor is being supplied.
  • The consumption of liquor may only occur when patrons are seated.
  • The licensee will not cause or permit undue detriment to the amenity of the area to arise out of or in connection with the use of any outdoor area where the supply and/or consumption of liquor occurs under this licence.
  • The licensee will not cause or permit undue detriment to the amenity of the area to arise out of or in connection with the use of any outdoor area where the supply and/or consumption of liquor occurs under this licence. 
  • The licensee must make available for inspection by a VCGLR gambling and liquor inspector or Victoria Police a copy of the local council’s written permission to use the outdoor area (for example, a permit, licence or letter issued by the local council), including any plan of the outdoor area and the boundary.
  • Trading hours are the lesser of the hours permitted under any Victorian Government directions and/or restrictions in relation to COVID-19, or local council’s written permission to use the outdoor area, or your permanent licence.
  • Maximum patron numbers are the lesser of those permitted under any Victorian Government directions and/or restrictions, or local council’s written permission to use the outdoor area (if patron numbers are specified).
  • The outdoor area temp licence will expire once your local council permission expires.

Nothing in the outdoor area temp licence in relation to a public outdoor area overrides: 

  • any Victorian Government directions and/or restrictions in relation to COVID-19
  • local laws, planning schemes including conditions on planning permits, and/or local council requirements, including any limitations in relation to trading hours or maximum capacities as determined by local council.

Making an application

To make an application for an outdoor area temp licence in relation to a public outdoor area, see: Application for a temporary limited licence

Please note there may be content on the online temporary limited licence webpage that may not be applicable to you when applying for an online outdoor area temp licence. For detailed instructions to guide you in lodging an online application for an outdoor area temp licence in relation to public outdoor areas, see: 
Instructions to apply for an outdoor temporary limited licence - public outdoor area

The required steps when applying for an outdoor area temp licence in relation to a public outdoor area, to ensure your application can be accepted are as follows:

  • Set your first event date as the first day you wish to supply liquor, confirm that you will be using public land, and that you have permission to use that land.
  • Ensure that you include your permanent licence number.
  • When prompted to choose an event type, please select “Temporary extension of permanent licence”.
  • Select “No” for extension of hours and “No” for event at your premises, and “yes” for extension of your licensed area.
  • For event occurrences, include the first day you wish to trade, and include the trading hours as they appear on the lesser of your council permit or your permanent liquor licence.
    • Note your outdoor area temp licence will expire once your local council permission expires.
  • In the additional information box, please advise that this application is for outdoor dining as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • You must attach your permit/permission from your local council, your plan as endorsed by your local council, and trading hours endorsed by your local council

Other useful information

Preparing your outdoor area and reducing risks where dining spaces are near roads and moving vehicles

For advice on how to prepare your outdoor area for outdoor dining, you may want to refer to the Business Victoria “Industry Restart Guidelines – Hospitality”, see: Accommodation and Food Services sector guidance 

You are also encouraged to refer to the Crowded Places Strategy to ensure relevant risk mitigation processes are being employed, particularly for dining spaces near roads and moving vehicles

Meaning of "outdoors" 

Guidance on the meaning of “outdoors” is contained in a document called “Regional Victoria – Third Step”, which was part of the Statement from the Premier 15 September 2020

For a full copy of Regional Victoria's third step, see: Regional Victoria third step

In that document, “outdoors” means:

  • a space with no roof; or
  • an open-air space designated for the consumption of food and/or beverage, which may have a temporary or fixed cover (e.g. awning or roof) so long as such cover has at least two open sides to the outdoors for airflow.

Examples used include:

  • balcony or veranda, courtyard, rooftop, marquee, street or footpath, any similar outdoor area.

Further guidance on the meaning of “outdoors” is also available at clause 10(3) of the Restricted Activity Directions (Non-Melbourne) (No 5), seeRestricted Activity Directions

However for the latest restrictions, see: Victoria's restriction levels 

PRIVATELY-OWNED OUTDOOR AREAS - existing licensees: Temporary Limited Licence for external, outdoor areas to supply (outdoor area temp licence)

We have introduced a streamlined approach to help existing licensees apply for an outdoor area temp licence to temporarily use privately-owned outdoor areas to supply liquor as outlined in the
Coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap to reopening

The use of privately-owned outdoor areas by existing licensees cover two scenarios. First, where the outdoor area is on the same certificate of title as the licensed premises, but the current red-line plan does not extend to the outside area. Examples include carpark areas or areas used for waste disposal for licensed premises.

Second, where the outdoor area is not on the same certificate of title as the licensed premises. Examples include a neighbouring, vacant privately-owned land or private outdoor carpark.

There is no fee associated with applying for an outdoor area temp licence in relation to a privately-owned outdoor area.

If you would like to temporarily supply liquor in an outdoor public area, please refer to the heading above “PUBLIC OUTDOOR AREAS: Temporary Limited Licence available for external, outdoor areas to supply (outdoor area temp licence)”.

If you are a BYO permittee, please refer to content under the heading “OUTDOOR AREAS: BYO permittees and Temporary Limited Licence available for external, outdoor areas to supply liquor (outdoor area temp licence)”.

What permissions do I need?

Permission from owner

If you have permission from the owner to use the privately-owned outdoor area(s), you can subsequently apply for a temporary limited licence (outdoor area temp licence) via the VCGLR’s online application webpage. 

If you are seeking an outdoor area temp licence where the privately-owned outdoor area is NOT on the same certificate of title as the licensed premises for your permanent licence, you must attach a copy of written permission from the owner of the licensed premises.

If you are seeking an outdoor area temp licence where the privately-owned outdoor area is on the same certificate of title as the licensed premises for your permanent licence but the current red-line plan does not extend to the outside area, the VCGLR does not require you to provide evidence of written permission from the owner of the licensed premises.

However please note when making an online application for an outdoor area temp licence, you are required to answer a series of questions including if you have permission. Further, prior to lodging the application you are required to declare that information in the application and any attachments are true and correct, and that you understand it is an offence under section 118 of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 to make a statement that is false or misleading.

Council requirements

The VCGLR does not require an applicant for an outdoor area temp licence to provide evidence of permission from local council in relation to the use of a privately-owned outdoor area.

However, please note that if the VCGLR grants you an outdoor area temp licence, while the licence provides you with authority to supply liquor in the privately-owned outdoor area, it does not provide you with authority to use that privately-owned outdoor area.

Local councils have different planning schemes, local laws and other requirements in relation to the use of privately-owned outdoor areas. You are strongly encouraged to contact your local council in relation to the use of a privately-owned outdoor area to ensure you are complying with their requirements. Nothing in an outdoor area temp licence will override these requirements.

Eligibility to apply

Eligible licence types

You must hold one of the following permanent licence types to be eligible for an outdoor area temp licence in relation to a privately-owned outdoor area:

  • Club licence (full club or restricted club)
  • General or late night (general) licence
  • On-premises licence or late night (on-premises) licence
  • Restaurant and cafe licence
  • Producer’s licence
  • Renewable limited licence that allows on-premises consumption.

Requirements when applying, processing times and trading hours

Application requirements

To apply for an outdoor area temp licence in relation to a privately-owned outdoor area, you will need to provide the following documents with your application:

1. If you are seeking an outdoor area temp licence where the outdoor area is NOT on the same certificate of title as the licensed premises for your permanent licence, you must provide written permission from the owner of that premises.

Note: If you are seeking an outdoor area temp licence where the outdoor area is on the same certificate of title as the licensed premises for your permanent licence, but the current red-line plan does not extend to the outside area, you do not need to provide written permission from the owner of the licensed premises.

2. A plan that clearly describes the boundary of the privately-owned outdoor area. For assistance in developing this plan, see: VCGLR’s plan of licensed premises factsheet

Note. If you have an existing lease arrangement relating to the outdoor area with your local council, the above document requirements apply.

Processing times and trading hours

In providing these documents, the VCGLR will endeavour to process your application within three (3) business days. If your application is missing any of these documents, this will cause delay and you will be contacted and asked to submit the missing documents.

In certain circumstances the VCGLR may need to seek further information which may also cause delay.

If the VCGLR grants you an outdoor area temp licence in relation to a privately-owned outdoor area, trading will not be permitted after 11pm and trading hours will otherwise be the lesser of the hours permitted under:

  • any Victorian Government directions and/or restrictions in relation to COVID-19
  • your permanent licence.

If you seek trading hours after 11pm, the VCGLR will seek comment from both your local council and Victoria Police, and this will cause delay to the VCGLR determining your application.

Limitations

If an outdoor area temp licence in relation to a privately-owned outdoor area is issued, you must adhere to the following limitations:

  • Food must be available for purchase at all times when liquor is being supplied.
  • The consumption of liquor may only occur when patrons are seated.
  • The licensee will not cause or permit undue detriment to the amenity of the area to arise out of or in connection with the use of any outdoor area where the supply and/or consumption of liquor occurs under this licence.
  • The licensee must make available for inspection by a VCGLR gambling and liquor inspector or Victoria Police a copy of the red-line plan for the outdoor area endorsed by the VCGLR.
  • No trading after 11pm is permitted, otherwise trading hours are the lesser of the hours permitted under any Victorian Government directions and/or restrictions in relation to COVID-19 or your permanent licence.
  • Maximum patron numbers are limited by any Victorian Government directions and/or restrictions.
  • The outdoor area temp licence will expire on the earlier of 30 June 2021 or the owner of the privately-owned outdoor area withdrawing their permission.

Nothing in the outdoor area temp licence overrides

  • any Victorian Government directions and/or restrictions in relation to COVID-19
  • local laws, planning schemes including conditions on planning permits, and/or local council requirements, including any limitations in relation to trading hours or maximum capacities that may be determined by local council.

Making an application

To make an application for an outdoor area temp licence in relation to a privately-owned outdoor area, see: Application for a temporary limited liquor licence 

Please note there may be content on the online temporary limited licence webpage that may not be applicable to you when applying for an online outdoor area temp licence. For detailed instructions to guide you in lodging an online application for an outdoor area temp licence in relation to privately-owned outdoor areas,see: 
Instructions to lodge an online application for a privately-owned outdoor area

The required steps when applying for an outdoor area temp licence in relation to a privately-owned outdoor area, to ensure your application can be accepted are as follows:

  • Set your first event date as the first day you wish to supply liquor, confirm that you will be using private land, and that you have permission to use that land.
  • Ensure that you include your permanent licence number.
  • When prompted to choose an event type, please select “Temporary extension of permanent licence”.
  • Select “No” for extension of hours and “No” for event at your premises, and “yes” for extension of your licensed area.
  • For event occurrences, include the first day you wish to trade, and include that are no later than 11pm, or otherwise the hours as they appear on your permanent liquor licence.
    • Note your outdoor area temp licence will expire on the earlier of 30 June 2021 or the owner withdrawing their permission.
  • In the additional information box, please advise that this application is for outdoor dining as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • You must attach:
    • a red-line plan of the privately-owned outdoor area, and
    • if the outdoor area is NOT on the same certificate of title as the licensed premises for your permanent licence, you must provide written permission from the owner of the licensed premises.

Other useful information

Preparing your outdoor area and reducing risks where dining spaces are near roads and moving vehicles

For advice on how to prepare your outdoor area for outdoor dining, you may want to refer to the Business Victoria “Industry Restart Guidelines – Hospitality”, see: Accommodation and Food Services sector guidance 

You are also encouraged to refer to the Crowded Places Strategy to ensure relevant risk mitigation processes are being employed, particularly for dining spaces near roads and moving vehicles.

Meaning of “outdoors”

Guidance on the meaning of “outdoors” is contained in a document called “Regional Victoria – Third Step”, which was part of the Statement from the Premier - 15 September 2020.

For a copy of “Regional Victoria – third Step”, see: Regional Victoria - third step

In that document, “outdoors” means:

  • a space with no roof; or
  • an open-air space designated for the consumption of food and/or beverage, which may have a temporary or fixed cover (e.g. awning or roof) so long as such cover has at least two open sides to the outdoors for airflow.

Examples used include:

  • balcony or veranda, courtyard, rooftop, marquee, street or footpath, any similar outdoor area.

Further guidance on the meaning of “outdoors” is also available at clause 10(3) of the Restricted Activity Directions (Non-Melbourne) (No 5), seeRestricted Activity Directions 

However for the latest restrictions, see: Victoria's restriction levels 

OUTDOOR AREAS - BYO permittees: Temporary Limited Licence for external, outdoor areas to supply liquor (outdoor area temp licence)

https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/shopping-retail-and-personal-services-third-stepAs an existing BYO permittee, you are permitted to allow patrons to bring their own liquor to be consumed in your licensed premises (that is, the red-line area), but you cannot supply (including sell) liquor to patrons.

We have introduced a streamlined approach to help existing BYO permittees apply for an outdoor area temp licence. This will allow you to  temporarily use outdoor to supply (and sell) liquor as outlined in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap to reopening. There is no fee associated with applying for an outdoor area temp licence.

If you are granted an outdoor area temp licence, you will have authority to temporarily:

  • supply (including sell) liquor in the identified outdoor area, and
  • also supply (including sell) liquor within the existing red-line area associated with your current BYO permit (if you request to do so).

In addition, if you apply for and are granted an outdoor area temp licence, you can continue to allow patrons to bring their own liquor for consumption on your premises (which is the identified outdoor area, and the red-line area associated with your BYO permit if requested), provided that:

  • the predominant activity carried on your licensed premises is the preparation and serving of meals for consumption on the licensed premises, and
  • tables and chairs are placed in position on your licensed premises so as to be available for at least 75% of the patrons attending the premises at any one time. 

What permissions do I need to apply for an outdoor area temp licence?

This depends on whether you apply for an outdoor area temp licence in relation to public outdoor areas or privately-owned outdoor areas.

Public external/outdoor areas - permission from local council

In relation to using public external/outdoor areas, existing permittees will first need written permission from their local council where those areas do not fall within the red-line plan associated with their BYO permit licence.

Privately-owned external/outdoor areas - permission from owner

In relation to using privately-owned external/outdoor areas:

  • if you are seeking an outdoor area temp licence where the privately-owned outdoor area is NOT on the same certificate of title as the licensed premises for your BYO permit, you must attach a copy of the written permission from the owner of the licensed premises
  • if you are seeking an outdoor area temp licence where the privately-owned outdoor area is on the same certificate of title as the licensed premises for your BYO permit but the current red-line plan does not extend to the outside area, the VCGLR does not require you to provide evidence of written permission from the owner of the licensed premises.

However please note when making an online application for an outdoor area temp licence, you are required to answer a series of questions including if you have permission. Further, prior to lodging the application you are required to declare that information in the application and any attachments are true and correct, and that you understand it is an offence under section 118 of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 to make a statement that is false or misleading.

Note: if the VCGLR grants you an outdoor area temp licence, while the licence provides you with authority to supply liquor in the privately-owned outdoor area, it does not provide you with authority to use that privately-owned outdoor area. Local councils have different planning schemes, local laws and other requirements in relation to the use of privately-owned outdoor areas. You are strongly encouraged to contact your local council in relation to the use of a privately-owned outdoor area to ensure you are complying with their requirements. Nothing in an outdoor area temp licence will override these requirements.

Requirements when applying for an outdoor area temp licence

Application requirements in relation to public outdoor areas

To apply for an outdoor area temp licence in relation to a public outdoor area, you will need to provide the following documents from your local council with your application:

1. Written permission from your local council allowing you to use the outdoor area (this may be a permit, licence, or letter issued by the local council). Please ensure that this permission has an end date. The absence of an end or expiry date will delay the processing of your application.

2. A plan that clearly describes the boundary of the outdoor area endorsed by your local council (this can be part of the written permission under item 1).

3. Specified trading hours for the outdoor area, from your local council (this may be part of the written permission under item 1).

Note. if there is an existing leased area arrangement relating to outdoor dining between a local council and an existing permittee, the above document requirements do not apply. Instead, the document requirements are those required in relation to an outdoor area temp licence in relation to privately-owned outdoor areas. In these circumstances, please refer to below to application requirements in relation to privately-owned outdoor areas.

Application requirements in relation to privately-owned outdoor areas

To apply for an outdoor area temp licence in relation to a privately-owned outdoor area, you will need to provide the following documents with your application:

1. If you are seeking an outdoor area temp licence where the privately-owned outdoor area is NOT on the same certificate of title as the licensed premises associated with your existing BYO permit, you must provide written permission from the owner of that premises.

Note: If you are seeking an outdoor area temp licence where the outdoor area is on the same certificate of title as the licensed premises for your existing BYO permit, but the current red-line plan does not extend to the outside area, you do not need to provide written permission from the owner of the licensed premises.

2. A plan that clearly describes the boundary of the privately-owned outdoor area (for assistance in developing this plan, see: Plan of licensed premises fact sheet 

Note. If you have an existing lease arrangement relating to the outdoor area with your local council, the above document requirements apply.

Processing times and trading hours

In providing these documents, the VCGLR will endeavour to process your application for an outdoor area temp licence within three (3) business days. If your application is missing any of these documents, this will cause delay and you will be contacted and asked to submit the missing documents.

In certain circumstances the VCGLR may need to seek further information which may also cause delay.

If the VCGLR grants you an outdoor area temp licence in relation to a public outdoor area, trading hours are the lesser of the hours permitted under any Victorian Government directions and/or restrictions in relation to COVID-19, or local council’s written permission to use the outdoor area, or your BYO permit.

If the VCGLR grants you an outdoor area temp licence in relation to a privately-owned outdoor area, trading will not be permitted after 11pm and trading hours will otherwise be the lesser of the hours permitted under:

  • any Victorian Government directions and/or restrictions in relation to COVID-19
  • your BYO permit.

If you seek trading hours after 11pm in relation to a privately-owned outdoor area, the VCGLR will seek comment from both your local council and Victoria Police, and this will cause delay to the VCGLR determining your application.

Limitations

If an outdoor area temp licence is issued, you must adhere to the following limitations:

  • food must be available for purchase at all times when liquor is being supplied or consumed
  • the consumption of liquor may only occur when patrons are seated 
  • you must not cause or permit undue detriment to the amenity of the area to arise out of or in connection with the use of any outdoor area where the supply and/or consumption of liquor occurs under this licence.

​For public outdoor areas you must make available for inspection by a VCGLR gambling and liquor inspector or Victoria Police:

  • a copy of the local council’s written permission to use the outdoor area (for example, a permit, licence or letter issued by the local council), including any plan of the outdoor area and the boundary, and
  • a copy of the red-line plan endorsed by the VCGLR associated with your existing BYO permit.

Maximum patron numbers are the lesser of those permitted under any Victorian Government directions and/or restrictions, or local council’s written permission to use the outdoor area (if patron numbers are specified).

The outdoor area temp licence will expire once your local council permission expires.

For privately-owned outdoor areas you must make available for inspection by a VCGLR gambling and liquor inspector or Victoria Police copies of:

  • the VCGLR-endorsed red-line plan for the outdoor area, and
  • the VCGLR-endorsed red-line plan associated with your BYO permit.

Maximum patron numbers are limited by any Victorian Government directions and/or restrictions.

The outdoor area temp licence will expire on the earlier of 30 June 2021 or the owner of the privately-owned outdoor area withdrawing their permission.

Nothing in the outdoor area temp licence overrides:

  • any Victorian Government directions and/or restrictions in relation to COVID-19
  • local laws, planning schemes including conditions on planning permits, and/or local council requirements, including any limitatations in relation to trading hours or maximum capacities that may be determined by local council.

Making an application in relation to a public outdoor area

To make an application for an outdoor area temp licence in relation to a public outdoor area, see: Application for a temporary limited licence 

To make an application in relation to a privately-owned outdoor area, see the section below.

Please note there may be content on the online temporary limited licence webpage that may not be applicable to you when applying for an online outdoor area temp licence. For detailed instructions to guide you in lodging an online application for an outdoor area temp licence in relation to public outdoor areas, see: Instructions to apply for an outdoor temporary limited licence - public outdoor area

The required steps when applying for an outdoor area temp licence in relation to a public outdoor area, to ensure your application can be accepted are as follows:

  • Set your first event date as the first day you wish to supply liquor, confirm that you will be using public land, and that you have permission to use that land.
  • Ensure that you include your BYO permit number.
  • When prompted to choose an event type, please select “Temporary extension of permanent licence”.
  • Select “No” for extension of hours and “No” for event at your premises, and “yes” for extension of your licensed area.
  • For event occurrences, include the first day you wish to trade, and include the trading hours as they appear on the lesser of your council permit or your permanent liquor licence.
    • Note your outdoor area temp licence will expire once your local council permission expires.
  • In the additional information box, please advise that this application is for outdoor dining as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. If in addition to the outdoor area you also wish to supply liquor within the red-line plan associated with your BYO permit, please indicate so at this stage.
  • You must attach your permit/permission from your local council, your plan as endorsed by your local council, and trading hours endorsed by your local council

Making an application in relation to a privately-owned outdoor area

To make an application for an outdoor area temp licence in relation to a privately-owned outdoor area, see Application for a temporary limited licence. To make an application in relation to a public outdoor area, see immediately preceding section above.

Please note there may be content on the online temporary limited licence webpage that may not be applicable to you when applying for an online outdoor area temp licence. For detailed instructions to guide you in lodging an online application for an outdoor area temp licence in relation to privately-owned outdoor areas, Instructions to lodge an online application for a privately-owned outdoor area

The required steps when applying for an outdoor area temp licence in relation to a privately-owned outdoor area, to ensure your application can be accepted are as follows:

  • Set your first event date as the first day you wish to supply liquor, confirm that you will be using private land, and that you have permission to use that land.
  • Ensure that you include your BYO permit number.
  • When prompted to choose an event type, please select “Temporary extension of permanent licence”.
  • Select “No” for extension of hours and “No” for event at your premises, and “yes” for extension of your licensed area.
  • For event occurrences, include the first day you wish to trade, and include that are no later than 11pm, or otherwise the hours as they appear on your permanent liquor licence.
    • Note your outdoor area temp licence will expire on the earlier of 30 June 2021 or the owner withdrawing their permission.
  • In the additional information box, please advise that this application is for outdoor dining as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. If in addition to the outdoor area you also wish to supply liquor within the red-line plan associated with your BYO permit, please indicate so at this stage.
  • You must attach:
    • a red-line plan of the privately-owned outdoor area, and
    • if the outdoor area is NOT on the same certificate of title as the licensed premises for your permanent licence, you must provide written permission from the owner of the licensed premises.

Other useful information

Preparing your outdoor area and reducing risks where dining spaces are near roads and moving vehicles

For advice on how to prepare your outdoor area for outdoor dining, you may want to refer to the Business Victoria “Industry Restart Guidelines – Hospitality”, see: Accommodation and Food Services sector guidance 

You are also encouraged to refer to the Crowded Places Strategy to ensure relevant risk mitigation processes are being employed, particularly for dining spaces near roads and moving vehicles.

Meaning of “outdoors”

Guidance on the meaning of “outdoors” is contained in a document called “Regional Victoria – Third Step”, which was part of the Statement from the Premier - 15 September 2020.

For a copy of “Regional Victoria – third Step”, see: Regional Victoria - third step

In that document, “outdoors” means:

  • a space with no roof; or
  • an open-air space designated for the consumption of food and/or beverage, which may have a temporary or fixed cover (e.g. awning or roof) so long as such cover has at least two open sides to the outdoors for airflow.

Examples used include:

  • balcony or veranda, courtyard, rooftop, marquee, street or footpath, any similar outdoor area.

Further guidance on the meaning of “outdoors” is also available at clause 10(3) of the Restricted Activity Directions (Non-Melbourne) (No 5), seeRestricted Activity Directions 

However for the latest restrictions, see: Victoria's restriction levels 

 

 

Restrictions to trade

Victoria

From 11:59pm Sunday 8 November 2020, the following restrictions are in place across Victoria relevant to the liquor and gaming industries.   

Restaurants, cafes and other hospitality businesses (including pubs, clubs, hotels, bars and nightclubs) can open with the following restrictions:   

  • Seated service: the service of food or drinks for consumption on premises only to members of the public who are seated; 
  • Group bookings: ensure that not more than 10 members of the public are permitted per group booking in the facility; 
  • Table spacing: ensure that tables are arranged to ensure that dining members of the public are 1.5 metres from other dining groups and dining members of the public when seated (both within the venue and between members of the public at adjacent venues) – this also includes ensuring dining members of the public are 1.5 metres from members of the public being provided with food/drink to be consumed off the premises (takeaway customers);
  • Signage, cleaning and records requirements – ensure that signage, record keeping and cleaning requirements are adhered to;
  • Indoor spaces and indoor zones: venues can serve members of the public indoors but there is:
    • a maximum of 40 members of the public for all indoor spaces per venue (or less depending on the density requirement of one person per 4m2
    • cap of 10 members of the public per indoor zone (or less depending on the density requirements of one person per 4m2;
    • each member of the public in an indoor zone is seated a minimum of 5 metres from any member of the public seated in any adjacent indoor zone;
  • Outdoor spaces: venues can serve members of the public outdoors but there is:
  • Infants under one year of age do not count for the purpose of calculating the above limits.

Definitions of what constitutes an ‘indoor space’, ‘outdoor space’ and ‘indoor zone’ can be found in the Directions. Examples of what is considered ‘outdoor space’ includes balconies, verandas, courtyards, rooftop areas, marquees, a street or footpath or any similar outdoor space. An ‘indoor zone’ is a section of an indoor space that is designated area delineated by temporary barriers, tape, or other clearly visible markings/means.

Food Courts can operate to permit members of the public to consume food and drinks, both in indoor and outdoor spaces, but must comply with relevant restrictions concerning density of the members of the public, table spacing, signage, cleaning and records requirements.

Bottle shops are permitted to remain open in compliance with retail restrictions and their licence conditions.

Dine-in areas in RSLs and bowls clubs can open in line with the above restrictions for restaurants, cafes and other hospitality businesses (including pubs, bars, clubs, nightclubs and hotels).

For further information regarding the hospitality industry restrictions, see: Cafes and restaurants Victoria

Gambling

Retail betting venues (i.e. retail TABs) may operate as long as they comply with applicable restrictions (such as density, seating, signage, records and cleaning requirements):

  • If the betting venue is wholly contained within a licensed premises, it can open but is subject to licensed venue restrictions and members of the public must be served on a seated service basis.
  • If the betting venue is not wholly contained within a licensed premises, it can open subject density quotient requirements and members of the public must remain seated except when placing a bet, using toilets or entering and leaving the venue.

Gaming machine areas may operate in venues with the following restrictions applying:

  • the maximum duration of the operation of a gaming machine area is 16 hours per day;
  • a maximum of the lesser of 10 members of the public or the number permitted by the density quotient for all gaming machine areas applies;
  • members of the public playing gaming machines are included in the total 40 person indoor patron cap for licensed venues;
  • no two adjacent gaming machines can be made available for play (where gaming machines are positioned next to each other, at least every second EGM must be disabled from play).
  • venue operators must ensure members of the public are only spend up to 90 minutes in a gaming machine area per day;
  • venue operators must ensure that the space available is suitable to ensure members of the public can maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from one another; and
  • a COVID Marshal must be onsite when operating. 

Casino can open up to 10 indoor spaces and subject to a maximum of the lesser of 10 members of the public or the number permitted by the density quotient for each indoor space, with the following restrictions applying:

  • the casino operator operates gaming machines and electronic table games only (no table games);
  • no two adjacent gaming machines can be made available for play (where gaming machines are positioned next to each other, at least every second EGM must be disabled from play);
  • the casino operator must ensure members of the public only spend up to 90 minutes in a gaming machine area per day;
  • the casino operator must ensure that the space available is suitable to ensure members of the public can maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from one another; and
  • a COVID Marshal must be onsite when operating.

For more information on electronic gaming and to download gaming and hospitality signage, see: Electronic gaming sector guidance 

Entertainment venues/facilities

Under Third Step restrictions some outdoor entertainment and cultural venues can start to open, see:
Entertainment and culture – Victoria

All open businesses and services must document and implement a COVIDSafe plan focused on coronavirus safety, prevention and response in the event that coronavirus is linked to the workplace, see:
industry restriction levels

Live music

Under the current restrictions, a live music performance is permitted at a venue where food and drink can be served (e.g. a restaurant, cafe or winery) if:

  • the live music performance is wholly in an outdoor space (and meets the specific requirements relating to outdoor spaces of food and drink facilities)
  • specific requirements applicable to the performance of live music are complied with, including:
    • performers maintaining a distance of at least 2 metres from each other;
    • performers maintaining a distance of at least 5 metres from any member of the public during the performance; and
    • the performance is not directly above any member of the public;
  • general requirements applicable to food and drink facilities must also be complied with – for example, patron limits (including live performers).

Any live music offered to patrons must be consistent with all other workplace and venue obligations, including ensuring that the live music performance is included in, and complies with, the venue’s COVIDSafe Plan.

The relevant restricted activity directions for Victoria are available on the DHHS website, see:
Victoria’s restriction levels

Do people performing live music count in capacity limits? 

Yes, they are included in capacity limits.

Do live performers need to wear face coverings, such as masks?

Yes, but exceptions apply.

A live performer is required to wear a face covering except where doing so would impede their performance or another exception applies. For example, a singer or woodwind instrumentalists would be impeded in their performance if required to wear a mask when performing and is not required to do so. 

Face coverings and checking ID

From 11 October all Victorians must wear a fitted face mask when they leave home, no matter where they live.

You can ask a customer to remove a face covering to ascertain their identity to purchase liquor. The process of removing face coverings for this purpose should be undertaken in line with DHHS advice.

Under Victorian liquor laws, it is an offence to supply liquor to persons under the age of 18 years. Licensees and their staff should ask for ID if a customer looks under 25, as best practice.

For more information on face coverings, see: DHHS face coverings

For more information on checking ID, see: Acceptable forms of identification

Temporary Limited Licence available to supply liquor off-premises - takeaway and delivery

We have streamlined temporary limited licence applications for the supply of liquor for takeaway and delivery. 

There is no fee associated with this application.

The duration of the temporary limited licence is until the date on which there is no longer in force in Victoria any of the following in response to coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • a state of disaster declared under the Emergency Management Act 1986
  • a state of emergency declared under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008
  • any other declared state (however named) under the Emergency Management Act 1996 or Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.

Eligibility to apply

If you hold a general licence, packaged liquor licence, late night (general) licence or late night (packaged liquor) licence you can already supply liquor for takeaway or delivery, unless there is a condition on your licence that prohibits you from doing so, without a temporary limited licence.

If you are a business with an existing permanent liquor licence that does not already permit the supply of liquor for takeaway or delivery, you can apply for a temporary limited licence to do so.

A temporary limited licence granted in these circumstances will be subject to certain limitations outlined below. These limitations are effective from 30 March 2020 and may be subject to further change as circumstances evolve.

Liquor quantity limitations

The quantity of liquor supplied under these temporary limited licence conditions must not exceed:

  • two 750ml bottles of wine, or
  • twelve containers (not more than 375ml per container) of beer, cider, or pre-mixed spirits (including cocktails), or
  • one 750ml bottle of wine and six containers (not more than 375ml per container) of beer, cider or pre-mixed spirits (including cocktails).

These limitations are in place to reduce the risk of harm and reflect legislative requirements that mean we can only grant a temporary limited licence if the supply of liquor is limited in scale and scope.

Licences that limit supply to other licensees (Pre-retail licence, some renewable limited licences)

Pre-retail or existing renewable limited licensees need to apply for a temporary limited licence to supply liquor to members of the public and are subject to the standard liquor quantity limitations by default (as outlined above).

Consideration will be made on a case by case basis to supply higher quantities of liquor than outlined above noting that such applications:

  • may significantly delay processing of your application
  • must include details of how you propose to supply liquor and the limitations you seek. Failure to do so may result in any applications granted being subject to the standard liquor quantity limitations above.

Other limitations

If you hold either a BYO permit or restaurant and cafe licence, the supply of liquor with takeaway or by delivery must be with a meal.

Delivery of liquor

Delivery drivers should sight identification of persons receiving orders that include liquor to ensure they are not delivering to someone under the age of 18. There is no requirement to physically handle the identification produced.

Liquor licensees are also responsible for verifying the age of their customers for liquor supplied from their licensed premises, including in the case of delivery.

Making a temporary limited licence application

Licensees who wish to apply for a temporary limited licence can apply online, see: Temporary Limited Licence application

  • When applying you can set your first event date as the same date as you are applying
  • Once you have provided your licence details you will be prompted to choose an event type. Please select Internet, mail order, gift hampers as a sub-category.
  • Answer Yes to Internet Sales and No to all subsequent questions
  • For Event Occurrences choose the Date of last event using the date picker and add 2 months, this will default to a 6-week period. Your licence will then be granted until the date on which there is no longer in force in Victoria any of the following in response to coronavirus (COVID-19):
    • a state of disaster declared under the Emergency Management Act 1986
    • a state of emergency declared under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008
    • any other declared state (however named) under the Emergency Management Act 1996 or Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.
  • In the Additional Information box please advise that this is about take-away/delivery for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Permanent liquor licence types

You hold a permanent liquor licence if you hold a:

  • BYO permit
  • Club licence (full club or restricted club)
  • General licence
  • Late night licence – specifically, a late night (general) licence, a late night (on-premises) licence, or a late night (packaged liquor) licence
  • On-premises licence
  • Restaurant and cafe licence
  • Packaged liquor licence
  • Pre-retail licence
  • Producer’s licence
  • Renewable limited licence

You do not hold a permanent liquor licence if you only hold either a temporary limited licence or a major event licence.

Free drinking water in licensed premises

While the current restrictions remain in place for licensed premises, self-serve free drinking water stations should be removed from public use. For licensed venues located outside of the Melbourne metropolitan area and Shire of Mitchell, free drinking water must still be made available via table service in accordance with the coronavirus restriction guidelines.

Penalties can apply for licensees who fail to provide free drinking water for patrons.

More information and helpful tips about food and drink facilities for venues reopening is available on the DHHS website, see: Reopening of cafes, restaurants and other food and drink facilities FAQs

Licence conditions

As restrictions ease licensees will need to be mindful of their existing licence conditions in addition to any conditions outlined in temporary limited licences which are in effect until the end of the State of Emergency.

Operating with reduced patron capacity

We have updated our Statement of Regulatory Intent with the following advice:

We will take a flexible approach to enforcing any licence condition that requires crowd controllers, RSA marshals, identification scanners or any similar conditions in circumstances where licensees are operating in a reduced patron capacity in accordance with Directions issued by the Victorian Chief Health Officer.

We expect that licensees will take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of their patrons, to reduce the misuse and abuse of alcohol, and minimise any amenity impacts, having regard to the amount of patrons present on licensed premises.

To view the full statement, see: Statement of Regulatory Intent

Measures to support licensees

Measures to support industry have been introduced, including:

  • waiving all Victorian liquor licensing application fees for 2020 and refunding (or waiving) the 2020 liquor licence renewal fees for affected businesses
  • streamlined processes for temporary limited licence applications finalised within 3 business days
  • waiver of application fees for temporary limited licences to allow businesses with an existing liquor licence to supply liquor for takeaway or delivery
  • deferral of 2018-19 supervision charges for Victorian gaming venue operators to 31 January 2021
  • deferral of the March gaming tax sweep for Victorian gaming venue operators
  • allowing virtual classroom delivery of the Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) training by VCGLR approved Registered Training Organisations - approved RTOs now have access to interactive RSA workbooks and virtual delivery guidelines.

For details of all government announcements, see:

Prime Minister media centre
Victorian Premier media centre

The Victorian Government recently announced support for live music venues with a new program providing grants to help pay wages and basic business expenses. For more Information, see: Lifeline for Victoria’s famous live music venues

Waiver of liquor licence and BYO permit renewal fees for 2021

On 13 September 2020, the Victorian Government announced that it will waive liquor licence and BYO permit renewal fees for 2021.

What do I need to do to get my renewal fee waived?

Licensees are not required to do anything; renewal fees will be automatically waived*.

When will I receive my 2021 liquor licence or BYO permit?

Licensees/permittees that are registered for eLicence will be emailed a link to download a copy of their 2021 licence/permit in December 2020.

Licensees/permittees not registered for eLicence will be mailed their 2021 liquor licence/permit in January 2021.

Licensees not currently registered for eLicence can register an account via our Liquor Portal, see: VCGLR liquor portal For step-by-step instructions, see: Liquor portal instructions

You will need to obtain your four digit PIN prior to creating your account, this information can be found on your last renewal notice, a recent grant letter or by emailing contact@vcglr.vic.gov.au

Your liquor licence must be displayed on your licensed premises, in a manner that invites public attention at all times.

*Note: Further information on fees waivers for licences that incurred a demerit point between 1 October 2019 and 30 September 2020 will be available shortly.

Temporary or major event licences

If you have been granted a licence for a temporary or major event and that event has been, or is likely to be, postponed due to coronavirus, we may be able to move your licence to a new date, free of charge. If you are cancelling your event and your application has already been assessed and a licence granted, please note that processes to refund application fees are still under consideration.

If we have received your application but not assessed it, and you advise us that you are cancelling your event, the application fee will be refunded as soon as processes to facilitate refunds are confirmed. Please email contact@vcglr.vic.gov.au for any enquiries.

More information and staying up to date

If you need customer assistance, you can contact our client services team by email to contact@vcglr.vic.gov.au or by submitting an enquiry via our website.

Stay up to date with the latest information by subscribing to our newsletter, following us on social media via TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn and updating your details in the Liquor Portal

Optional signage

We have developed additional signage to support licensees, see: Print my liquor signage

Other languages

We have translated important information for licensees into Simplified Chinese and Vietnamese. These resources outline the measures, restrictions and support in place and the obligations for licensees that have applied for a temporary limited licence to allow for takeaway or delivery of liquor.

Simplified Chinese

为执照持有者提供的新冠病毒(COVID-19)相关信息 - COVID-19 information for licensees

新冠病毒最新信息 - 2020年酒类执照费退款和减免 - Liquor licensing fees and waivers 2020

Vietnamese

Thông tin liên quan đến Coronavirus (COVID-19) dành cho người được cấp giấy phép - COVID-19 information for licensees

Cập nhật Coronavirus - hoàn tiền và miễn lệ phí giấy phép kinh doanh rượu bia năm 2020 - Liquor licensing fees and waivers 2020 

Player activity statements

Players who are members of a loyalty scheme (active participants) at gaming venues can either elect to have their annual player activity statement:

  • sent to them via post, fax, email or electronic communication; or
  • elect to collect it from the venue.

Where an active participant elects to collect their player activity statement from a venue, they must collect it from the venue within one month of being told it is available, or their loyalty scheme membership must be suspended.

If an active participant has not collected their player activity statement within three months of being told it is available, they must be removed from the loyalty scheme.

Current venue closures and stay at home restrictions mean that active participants may not be able to collect their player activity statements from venues.

Venues may wish to consider contacting active participants to:

  • advise them that suspension or removal from the loyalty scheme may occur if they do not elect to receive their statement via another method; and
  • ask affected participants whether they want to receive their annual player activity statement another way (email, fax or post).
     

 

Page last modified 
17 November 2020