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Before applying for a liquor licence to run a pub, there are a few things you need to consider, including licence requirements.
Depending on your situation, you will need to determine which licence you apply for and what the requirements are.
It's a condition of general and late night (general) licences that the use of the licensed premises does not breach the planning scheme under the Planning and Environment Act 1987.
Applicants are required to provide a copy of the following information with their application:
This ensures that the activities undertaken are consistent and appropriate for that area. For example, a licensee cannot operate a night club in an area where night club activity is not permitted under the local planning zone restrictions.
Contact your Local Government Authority for information about obtaining a planning permit.
A general licence authorises the supply of liquor for consumption both on and off the licensed premises.
Any business with appropriate planning permission that wishes to supply alcohol for consumption on the premises, as well as to take away. Pubs, hotels and taverns would normally hold a general licence.
Ordinary trading hours for a general licence are:
If you want to extend your trading hours past 1am, you will need to apply for a late night (general) licence.
Please note that a freeze is currently in place on granting applications to trade post 1am in the local government areas of Melbourne, Port Phillip, Stonnington and Yarra unless there are exceptional circumstances. For more information, see Late night freeze.
A late night (general) licence authorises the supply of alcohol for on-premises and off-premises consumption after 1am.
Businesses wishing to trade on a general licence past 1am.
Please note that there is currently a freeze on late night licence applications in the Local Government Areas of Melbourne, Port Phillip, Stonnington and Yarra. For more information, see Late night freeze
Licensed venues that supply alcohol for consumption onsite are required to provide free drinking water to their patrons. It will be left to the discretion of the licensee how water is supplied. Failure to supply free drinking water will attract substantial fines. To find out more about these conditions, see Free water for patrons.
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