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Information and process for issuing major event licences.
A Major Event Liquor Licence is required if you plan to sell alcohol at an event where a large crowd (over 5000 patrons) is expected, or your event is likely to have a significant impact such as:
We process and determine major event liquor licences for Melbourne and Victorian events. These include events such as the Good Food and Wine Show, White Night, The Royal Melbourne Show and Spring Racing Carnival.
Event organisers and managers can work with a major events licensing officer who will provide direction on application requirements, content and approval timeframes.
A major event liquor licence is not a permit to hold your event – you may still require a permit from the relevant local council.
We recommend event organisers contact us when planning an event, and before a licence application is submitted. Depending on the size of your event, you should allow a minimum of three months for us to review and process your application.
Timeframes specific to your application can be discussed with the licensing officer managing your application.
To contact the licensing division, submit an enquiry using our contact us form
Event organisers and licensees can now lodge their Major Event Liquor Licence Application online, see:Major Event Application
The new online form is intuitive based on responses provided and allows you to lodge and pay for your application quickly and easily and automatically provides you with a copy of the application for your records.
Major event organisers with multiple applicants can continue to use our interactive PDF form to coordinate and lodge applications in bulk on behalf of individual event participants. To have the form sent to you, please contact our major events licensing team. We understand that for some event organisers, this process:
Before submitting your application, you will need to be able to provide the following event information:
Application fees are non-refundable regardless of outcome. For information about the application fee for a major event licence, see: Liquor licence application fees
To complete your application online, see: Major Event Application
Event organisers lodging an application in bulk on behalf of individual event participants can lodge their application by email, post or in person. For more information on how to lodge your completed application, see: Major event licence application PDF