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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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Things to consider before applying - Major or temporary event

There are things you will need to consider, including licence requirements, before applying for a major or temporary event.

There are temporary licence categories available for 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
  • large-scale or major events.

Please read the Temporary limited licence fact sheet (PDF, 290KB) before beginning your application. In many cases if you are supplying liquor free of charge, with no money promised or indirectly paid, you do not require a licence.

If your event may be attended by 5,000 or more people, you need to complete an Application for a major event licence.

Requirements and restrictions
  • No more than six one-off events are permitted at a venue over a 12 month period.
  • A maximum of three event dates will be accepted per application, no more than nine months in advance.
  • Where an application is made for a series of events over a limited season, the season must not extend longer than six months.
  • Applicants must have the right to occupy the premises during the event or season nominated.
  • Applications for a limited licence should be lodged at least eight weeks in advance.
  • Lodging an application does not automatically mean that it will be approved.
  • If you are seeking to trade past 1am, the Commission will need a minimum of 50 days to finalise the application.
  • You will be required to display a public notice at the venue for 28 days and Victoria Police and the local council may review your application.
  • You will be required to satisfy the VCGLR requirement to meet certain conditions if you seek to trade past 1am in the following municipalities: City of Yarra, City of Port Phillip, City of Melbourne or Stonnington. For further information see Late night freeze.
Responsible service of Alcohol (RSA)

All persons involved in the supply or service of liquor must have completed a RSA course approved by the Commission. You may be required to produce evidence of completion of RSA.

Plans for a temporary licence

If your event is to be held outdoors, as part of your application you will need to upload a plan of your site with the proposed area to be licensed outlined in red. For more informaiton download the Plans for temporary limited licences fact sheet (PDF, 125 KB).

Apply for a major or temporary event licence

Page last modified 
27 January 2017