About on-licences

An on-licence applies to a premises where the licensee can sell and supply alcohol for consumption on the premises; and can let people consume alcohol on the premises. There are three kinds of on-licence:

  1. A full on-licence pursuant to s.14.
  2. A BYO restaurant on-licence pursuant to ss.15 and 37.
  3. A caterer's on-licence pursuant to ss.14, 16 and 38.

On-licence for BYO restaurants

An applicant (carrying on the business of a restaurateur on the premises) can ask for the licence to be endorsed (pursuant to s.37) to be a BYO licence only. This means the licensee can:

  • let any person who is in the restaurant to dine to consume any alcohol brought there by that person or by any other person who is there to dine with him or her; and let the person who brought the alcohol there remove any of it from the restaurant if the container it is in is sealed or resealed
  • sell and supply, for consumption in the restaurant by any person who is there to dine, any food or hot drink containing not more than 14.33% alcohol by volume
  • let people consume alcohol on the premises.

Section 14 [On-licences generally] of the Act does not apply to BYO on-licences.

On-licence for caterers

An applicant caterer can ask for the licence to be endorsed for catering. This means the licensee can deliver alcohol from the premises that the on-licence is issued for and sell it on any other premises for consumption there by people attending a reception, function, or other social gathering promoted by a person or association of people other than the holder of the licence.

It also means that the licensee can sell and supply alcohol for consumption on the premises the licence is issued for and can let people consume alcohol on the premises the licence is issued for if the licensee wants to do so (because s.14 applies to caterers).