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There are things you will need to consider, including licence requirements, before applying for a temporary limited or major event licence.
There are temporary licence categories available for persons, businesses, clubs or other organisations holding:
Please read the Temporary limited licence fact sheet (PDF, 424.35 KB) before beginning your application. In many cases if you are supplying liquor free of charge, with no money promised or indirectly paid, you do not require a licence.
Applicants are advised to lodge temporary limited licence applications at least eight weeks in advance. The time taken to process an application will vary depending on a range of factors including the complexity of the application and any objections which may be raised.
Apply for a temporary limited licence.
If your event may be attended by 5000 or more people, you need to complete an Application for a major event licence.
Event organisers should allow a minimum of three months for the VCGLR to review and process a major event licence application. Timeframes specific to the event can be discussed with the Licensing Officer managing the process.
When applying for a major event or temporary limited liquor licence, please check if your event requires approval under the Victorian Government’s Public Events Framework.
The Public Events Framework is administered by the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.
Information on the Public Events Framework for event organisers can be found at coronavirus victoria public events information for organisers.
To find out if your event requires approval under the Public Events Framework the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions have published a Public event self-assessment tool which can be found coronavirus victoria public event self assessment tool or you can email [email protected].
If your event requires approval under the Public Events Framework this approval is required to be provided to the VCGLR with the liquor licence application for your event. Where this approval is not available at the time you lodge your liquor licence application the VCGLR will seek this information during the application process.
All persons involved in the supply or service of liquor must have completed a RSA course approved by the Commission. You may be required to produce evidence of completion of RSA.
As part of your application you may need to upload a plan of your site with the proposed area to be licensed outlined in red. For more information download the Plans for temporary limited licences fact sheet.
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