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New Year's Eve extended trading hours including outdoor temporary licences

Happy New Year 2021

This New Year’s Eve, Victorians have more of a reason to celebrate as they say goodbye to a challenging 2020. 

While we’d all like to forget the year that was, helping Victorians and visitors celebrate safely and responsibly is a priority for our inspectors who’ll be out in force this New Year’s Eve.

They’ll be looking out for responsible service of alcohol, minors on premises and staff serving intoxicated patrons.

To keep the celebrations going, licensees may wish to extend trading for New Year’s Eve.

If you have one of the licence types below, you won’t have to apply to extend your trading hours unless you intend on trading past the hours specified.  

The following licences can trade from 11pm on 31 December to 1am on 1 January  The following licences can trade from 11pm on 31 December to 3am on 1 January 
  • on-premises
  • late night (on-premises)
  • BYO permits
  • General (for consumption on the licensed premises) 
  • late night (general) (for consumption on the licensed premises) 
  • full club (for the supply of liquor to a member of a club, an authorised gaming visitor, or a guest of a member for consumption on the licensed premises). 
  • restaurant and cafe 
  • on-premises - subject to restaurant conditions 
  • late night (on-premises) - subject to restaurant conditions. 

For further information on extension of ordinary trading hours and additional ways you can minimise harm on New Year’s Eve, see: New Year’s extended ordinary trading hours

If you have been granted an outdoor area temporary licence, the following conditions apply on New Year’s Eve.

Public outdoor areas - existing licensees The hours in which you can supply liquor under your permanent licence may be automatically extended.  If you have council permission to supply liquor during these extended hours, then you may supply liquor during these hours in the area licensed by your outdoor area temp. 
Privately-owned outdoor areas - existing licensees  To supply liquor beyond 11pm on New Year’s Eve in a privately-owned area licensed by an outdoor area temp, you may apply for a temporary licence to extend these hours. 
Outdoor areas - BYO permittees 

In a public area licensed under an outdoor area temp, you may supply liquor, or allow liquor to be consumed, until the earlier of 1am the next day or what your planning permission allows.

In a privately-owned area licensed by an outdoor area temp, to supply liquor or allow liquor to be consumed beyond 11pm on New Year’s Eve you may apply for a temporary licence to extend these hours.  

For further information regarding New Year’s Eve trading hours and application processes for outdoor temporary limited licences, visit the relevant drop down for your licence type, i.e public areas, privately-owned area or BYO permit on our Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for licensees page and scroll down to 'Extended hours on New Year's Eve,' see: Coronavirus information for licensees

If you would like to trade beyond these extended hours, please apply for a new temporary limited licence

Licensees are reminded to check their licence conditions and remain compliant by:

  • asking for an acceptable form of identification if a customer looks under 25
  • making sure all staff are aware of the venue’s licence conditions and legal obligations
  • ensuring all staff selling, offering or serving liquor have an up-to-date RSA certificate
  • displaying their 2020 liquor licence and required signage 
  • providing free drinking water.

Any venue found to be in breach of liquor laws, or the conditions of their licence can face a range of penalties, including being issued with a fine and having their licence either suspended or cancelled.

We’ll be working with licensees to ensure a safe and wonderful New Year’s Eve for everyone.

 
Article last modified 
8 December 2020