Information and process for issuing major event licences.
We process and determine major event licences for Melbourne and Victorian events. These include the Good Food and Wine Show, White Night, The Royal Melbourne Show and Spring Racing Carnival.
Event organisers and managers can coordinate with a Licensing Officer who will provide direction on application requirements, content and approval timeframes.
We recommend event organisers contact us when planning an event, and before a licence application is submitted. To contact the major events licensing team, submit an enquiry using our contact us form.
Event organisers should allow a minimum of three months for the VCGLR to review and process major event applications. Depending on the size of the event, it can be beneficial to submit applications more than eight weeks ahead. Timeframes specific to the event can be discussed with the Licensing Officer managing the process.
The VCGLR prefers event organisers discuss their event requirements directly with a Licensing Officer. During these discussions, the event organiser and Licensing Officer will determine timeframes for submission, processing and return to the event organiser.
Event organisers can submit applications in bulk on behalf of individual event participants.
Provide the following event information:
For information about the application fee for a major event licence, please see the Liquor licence application fees page.
Details on how to lodge your completed application are included in the Major event application form which can be downloaded below.
For information on applying for White Night 2018, see Apply now for White Night 2018.
Planning a major event organisers (5K+ patrons)? Contact the VCGLR at least three months prior.