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Things to consider before applying - sporting and community club

Before applying for a liquor licence, there are a few things you need to consider, including licence requirements.

The licence required will depend on your situation. The different types of licences for a sporting or community club are outlined on this page.

Any club that wishes to supply liquor to club members, guests of members or authorised gaming visitors (for clubs with gaming facilities) must obtain a liquor licence.

Full club licence

Permits the supply of alcohol to members, guests and gaming visitors for drinking on the premises, and for members to take away.

Trading hours

Ordinary trading hours for a full club licence are:

  • any time Monday to Saturday
  • 10am to 11pm Sunday
  • 12 noon to 11pm ANZAC Day and Good Friday.

However, an applicant may also apply for additional trading hours.

Restricted club licence

Permits the supply of alcohol to members and guests for drinking on club premises.

Clubs holding a restricted club licence or a renewable or temporary limited licence are now able to purchase liquor from wholesalers. This will enable these clubs to purchase liquor from the holder of a general, late night (general), packaged liquor, late night (packaged liquor), pre-retail or wine and beer producer's licence.

Existing licences are still valid. The VCGLR advises clubs with a renewable or temporary limited licence to ignore the condition on their licence that states 'liquor must be purchased from the holder of a general, late night (general), packaged liquor or late night (packaged liquor) licence'.

The VCGLR will no longer enforce this licence condition, and it will be removed from all future club renewable or temporary limited licences.

Trading hours

No set trading hours apply. Applicants should specify the hours they desire in the application form.

Renewable limited club licence

Permits the supply of alcohol to a member or guest of a member:

  • for drinking on the premises only (take-aways are not permitted)
  • from a point of sale during sporting events for drinking outside the licensed premises (for example, from a canteen or marquee), provided specific approval is first obtained.

Please note that to qualify for this licence, the supply of liquor must be substantially limited in nature or scope.

Clubs holding this licence can now purchase liquor from wholesalers (see restricted club licence for information)

Trading hours

There are no set trading hours for a renewable limited club licence. Applicants should specify the hours they desire on the application form.

BYO permit

Permits a club to allow members and guests of members to bring their own alcohol to be consumed on the club premises only.

Trading hours

No set trading hours apply. Applicants should specify the trading hours they desire when completing the application.

Assistance

Changes have been introduced to assist clubs to manage their licences. Holders of a full club licence are being encouraged to consider whether it is appropriate for them to transfer to a restricted club licence.

Should you choose to vary your full club licence, the normal variation fee will be waived in this instance.

To apply, see Change a full club licence to a restricted club licence.

Sharing facilities

Clubs that share facilities such as clubrooms, function areas and sporting fields may be interested in considering the different club sharing options available to them. For more information, see Options for clubs sharing facilities.

Apply for a liquor licence for your sporting and community club

Page last modified 
22 March 2017