Before applying for a liquor licence, there are a few things you need to consider, including licence requirements.
The licence required will depend on your situation. The different types of licences for a sporting or community club are outlined on this page.
Any club that wishes to supply liquor to club members, guests of members or authorised gaming visitors (for clubs with gaming facilities) must obtain a liquor licence.
It's a condition of a full, restricted and renewable limited club 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.
Note: A planning permit is not required for BYO permits.
Permits the supply of alcohol to members, guests and gaming visitors for drinking on the premises, and for members to take away.
Ordinary trading hours for a full club licence are:
However, an applicant may also apply for additional trading hours.
Permits the supply of alcohol to members and guests for drinking on club premises.
Clubs holding a restricted club licence or a renewable or temporary limited licence are now able to purchase liquor from wholesalers. This will enable these clubs to purchase liquor from the holder of a general, late night (general), packaged liquor, late night (packaged liquor), pre-retail or wine and beer producer's licence.
Existing licences are still valid. The VCGLR advises clubs with a renewable or temporary limited licence to ignore the condition on their licence that states 'liquor must be purchased from the holder of a general, late night (general), packaged liquor or late night (packaged liquor) licence'.
The VCGLR will no longer enforce this licence condition, and it will be removed from all future club renewable or temporary limited licences.
No set trading hours apply. Applicants should specify the hours they desire in the application form.
Permits the supply of alcohol to a member or guest of a member:
Please note that to qualify for this licence, the supply of liquor must be substantially limited in nature or scope.
Clubs holding this licence can now purchase liquor from wholesalers (see restricted club licence for information)
There are no set trading hours for a renewable limited club licence. Applicants should specify the hours they desire on the application form.
Permits a club to allow members and guests of members to bring their own alcohol to be consumed on the club premises only.
No set trading hours apply. Applicants should specify the trading hours they desire when completing the application.
Changes have been introduced to assist clubs to manage their licences. Holders of a full club licence are being encouraged to consider whether it is appropriate for them to transfer to a restricted club licence.
Should you choose to vary your full club licence, the normal variation fee will be waived in this instance.
To apply, see Change a full club licence to a restricted club licence.
Clubs that share facilities such as clubrooms, function areas and sporting fields may be interested in considering the different club sharing options available to them. For more information, see Options for clubs sharing facilities.