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The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) is the independent statutory authority that regulates Victoria's gambling and liquor industries.

Our vision is that Victorians and visitors enjoy safe and responsible gambling and liquor environments.
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What liquor licence do I need?

This page outlines the different types of liquor licences. It has infomration on different scenarios, who would normally apply and what licence is required.

Factors to consider

Some of the issues that may influence which licence is right for you include:

  • The licence time period - Do you require the licence for a one-off occasion, a limited period or an ongoing basis?
  • Where the alcohol will be consumed - Consider whether the alcohol is to be consumed on the licensed premises or taken away.
  • Council requirements as to land use - The local council can place restrictions on how premises may be lawfully used. Your proposed use of the premises must adhere to these restrictions.
  • Your business intentions - For example, if you wish to open a restaurant, do you plan to sell alcohol or merely allow patrons to bring their own? Do you intend to open a bar or nightclub, a pub with a bottle shop or merely supply alcohol at your club's functions?

Look at the scenarios below and select the section that best reflects the way you want to be authorised to supply alcohol. You will then be guided to the most appropriate licence application procedure.

Scenario

Who would normally apply

Licence required

Temporary licences

  • a one-off event
  • a one-off event with extended trading hours
  • a series of events over 3 months or less.

In most circumstances, temporary limited licences are sought by persons, businesses, clubs or other organisations holding:

one-off events, such as a ball or presentation night

a one-off event requiring an extension of trading hours or the size of the licensed premises.

Apply for a temporary limited licence

Limited scale and scope

Select this section if you only want to supply alcohol in a substantially restricted or limited scale or scope such as:

  • limited trading hours or days
  • limited or specialised range of products
  • limited or specialised means of delivery.

Renewable limited licences are often sought by:

  • bed and breakfasts
  • Internet vendors
  • off-site caterers
  • smaller motels with mini-bars
  • caravan parks
  • other businesses (for example, florists or gift-makers).

Apply for a renewable limited licence

On-premises and take away

  • Select this section if you want to sell liquor for people to both:
  • consume on the premises, and
  • purchase to take away.

Any business with appropriate planning permission that wishes to supply alcohol for consumption on the premises, as well as to take away.

Pubs, hotels and taverns would normally hold a general licence.

Club

Select this section for clubs that want to supply liquor to members and guests of members.

Sporting club, membership club

On-premises consumption

Select this section, if you want to sell alcohol for consumption only on licensed premises and not for people to buy to take away

Bar, night club, restaurant, cafe

Packaged liquor

Select this section, if you want to sell packaged liquor on a retail basis for people to consume away from the licensed premises

Licensed supermarket, stand-alone bottle shop

Bring Your Own

Select this section, if you only want to allow people to bring their own alcohol to your club or restaurant.

  • Restaurant, club, party bus

Note: If you are a restaurant operator and want to sell alcohol as well as allow people to bring their own, you should select the on-premises licence.

Wholesale supply

Select this section if you want to supply alcohol on a wholesale basis to other licensees.

Wholesalers, producers, brewers and liquor importers would normally apply for a pre-retail licence.

 

Winery or brewery

Select this section if you operate a winery or brewery.

To be eligible to hold this licence, it is a requirement that:

  • where the product is wine, cider, brandy or perry:
    • the licensee grows their own fruit and the licensee has assumed the financial risk for the production, or
    • the fruit is grown under the direction of the licensee by another person and the licensee bears the financial risk for the production
  • where the product is beer
    • the licensee brews their own beer, or
    • the licensee assumes the financial risk for it's production by another person.

Internet or mail order

Select this section, if you want to sell alcohol by mail order or on the Internet either as:

  • an ongoing business
  • a one-off sale.

The type of licence you apply for depends on your circumstances and business operations.

Page last modified 
26 November 2016