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There are things you will need to consider, including licence requirements, before applying for a packaged liquor licence.
A packaged liquor licence allows you to sell alcohol in containers to people who will drink it away from your licensed premises only. You do not want to sell alcohol to people to drink on your premises, although you may offer free tastings on your licensed premises as part of this type of licence.
The packaged liquor licence available to you depends on the hours you wish to trade and the location of your licensed premises.
The Decision-Making Guidelines for packaged liquor (PDF, 132.14 KB) for granting packaged liquor licences, including those that operate outside ordinary trading hours. It considers the grant of packaged liquor licences within the objective of harm minimisation.
It states that packaged liquor licences with trading hours that are greater than ordinary trading hours should only be granted by the Commission in exceptional circumstances, and that hours should not extend past midnight.
It's a condition of packaged liquor 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 planning permit or written permission from their Local Planning Authority 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.
Any person who, at any time, has management or control of the licensed premises must have completed a Responsible Serving of Alcohol (RSA) refresher course in the previous financial year.
Licensees must produce evidence that the training has been completed if requested by Victoria Police or VCGLR Inspectors. It is recommended that a copy of the RSA training certificate be kept on the premises as proof of completion.
For information about the application fee for a packaged liquor licence, see Application fees.