IMPORTANT NOTICE: A Declared State of Disaster is currently in place across Victoria. For more information, see: COVID-19 information for licensees
Liquor licence fees are a standard business cost for all licensees, and as such all licensees should factor this fee into their business planning.
The Victorian Government has announced a range of tax relief measures as part of its economic survival package in response to coronavirus, including reimbursing businesses that have paid for a renewable liquor licence for 2020.
For more information, see: 2020 liquor licensing fees waivers and refunds
If you wish to reduce your licence renewal fee, there are a number of options that you should consider:
If your business is facing difficulties, you may consider investigating the range of business supports available in Victoria, including:
As a last resort, the VCGLR has the power to waive or reduce licence fees in some circumstances. If you wish to apply for a waiver or reduction of your licence renewal fee, you will need to complete the Waiver or reduction of a renewal fee application form (PDF, 418.76 KB) and return it to the VCGLR.
You should note that the VCGLR will take a range of factors into account in deciding whether to grant a waiver or reduction, including (but not limited to):
Fee reduction or waiver is designed to provide licensees with once-off assistance in exceptional circumstances. If you have previously been granted a fee waiver or reduction, this will be taken into account if you make another application for a fee waiver or reduction.
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