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There are things you will need to consider, including licence requirements, before applying for a restaurant and cafe liquor licence.
Applicants are advised to lodge liquor 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.
Restaurant and cafe licences authorises the sale of liquor for consumption on the premises.
The predominant activity carried out at all times on the premises must be the preparation and serving of meals to be consumed on the licensed premises.
It's a condition of restaurant and cafe 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.
Additional approvals may be given for kerbside trading and off-site catering.
Ordinary trading hours for a restaurant and cafe licence are:
Applicants may also apply for additional trading hours.
For a licence to be issued, the applicant must have the right to occupy the premises. You will need to provide a declaration of your right to occupy the premises:
One of the following documents is required to determine a maximum patron capacity:
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