Liquor licences

What is a liquor licence?

Sale of alcohol to the public requires the seller to have a liquor licence. There are four types of licence:

  • On-licence (eg, pub, restaurant, cafe, bar)

  • Off-licence (eg, bottle store, supermarket)

  • Club licence (eg, sports club, RSA, working men's club)

  • Special licence (eg, for a food and wine festival, wedding in a council hall etc.).

An on-licence, off-licence, or club licence is granted initially for one year and then can be renewed every three years. Special licences are granted per event or for a series of events.

What does a liquor licence allow?

It allows the licensee to sell alcohol according to the conditions of the licence.
Conditions cover such things as:

  • who alcohol can be sold to

  • the hours and days alcohol can be sold

  • who is allowed on the premises

  • the range of food, non-alcohol and low-alcohol drinks to be provided

  • provision of information about alternative transport arrangements.

It is against the law for a licensee or their staff to sell alcohol to anyone who is intoxicated, to allow a person to become intoxicated, or serve alcohol to anyone under the age of 18 years. There are heavy penalties for these offences.

LINKS

If you're working in the alcohol industry as a licensee, manager or bar staff, we have plenty of useful resources as well as general information you may find handy.

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