If you’re planning to open a business in Victoria that involves selling or supplying alcoholic beverages, you’ll need to obtain a liquor licence. Liquor licences are regulated by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR).
This essential licence is required for various types of businesses. Let’s have a look at the type of businesses that need a liquor licence and the steps to apply for one.
It is important to note that many liquor licences also require a planning permit from your local Council prior to obtaining the liquor licence. It is highly recommended you reach out to your local Council or a Town Planning consultant for advice on whether the liquor licence you require also triggers the need for a planning permit. Contact us today.
What kind of businesses require a Liquor Licence in Melbourne & Victoria?
A liquor licence is necessary for a range of businesses, including but not limited to:
If you plan to serve alcohol alongside meals, a liquor licence is essential.
Bars and Pubs:
Establishments that primarily serve alcoholic beverages to patrons must be licenced.
Nightclubs offering alcohol for on-site consumption require licences.
Hotels and Motels:
Businesses providing accommodation and serving alcohol on their premises need liquor licences.
Bottle Shops and Liquor Stores:
Retail stores selling packaged alcoholic beverages for off-site consumption must be licenced.
Events and Catering Services:
Catering businesses serving alcohol at events need licences.
Wineries, Breweries, and Distilleries:
Producers and manufacturers of alcoholic beverages often require specific licences for tasting rooms and sales.
Sports Clubs and Associations:
Clubs serving alcohol to members and guests need liquor licences.
Social and community clubs offering alcohol services require licences.
Theaters, concert halls, and similar entertainment venues serving alcohol need licences.
How do you apply for a Liquor licence in Victoria?
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to apply for a liquor licence in the state of Victoria:
1. Determine licence Type:
Identify the appropriate licence type for your business based on its nature, location, and alcohol service scope.
2. Gather Documentation:
Collect all necessary documents, including business details, financial information, floor plans, and Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) policies.
3. Complete RSA Training:
Ensure you and your staff complete the mandatory Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) training.
4. Create an Account:
Register on the VCGLR’s online portal (VCGLR Interactive) to initiate your application.
5. Pay Application Fee:
Be prepared to pay the application fee, which varies depending on your licence type and circumstances.
6. Provide Supporting Documents:
Upload required documents as specified in the application form.
7. Public Notices:
For certain licences, you may need to post public notices at your premises and in local newspapers.
8. Assessment and Review:
The VCGLR will review your application, considering location suitability, RSA practices, and public objections if any.
9. Inspection and Interview:
VCGLR may conduct site inspections and interviews to ensure compliance.
10. Decision and Issuance:
If approved, the VCGLR will issue your liquor licence with specific conditions and trading hours.
11. Compliance and Renewal:
Maintain ongoing compliance with licensing regulations and conditions. Liquor licences usually require annual renewal.
A Planning Consultant can help you with your Liquor Licence application.
Sounds a bit complicated right? That is because obtaining a liquor licence is a complex process, and rightly so, there is great importance placed on the responsible serving of alcohol.
To ensure a smooth application and compliance, consider seeking support from a qualified Planning Consultant like AS Planning. Their expertise can save you time, navigate regulations, and help you obtain your liquor licence more efficiently. Contact us today.