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Licensed premises can have a significant impact on the amenity of the surrounding area.
While they often contribute to the culture and prosperity of an area, the presence of a licensed premises can attract more visitors to the surrounding area, sometimes resulting in increased noise and other amenity issues. This page provides details about the objection process.
Important note: All objections to liquor licence applications are treated as public documents. As part of the objection process, full details of the objection, including the name and address of the objector will be provided to the licence applicant.
The VCGLR considers applications for a licence or permit, and variations or transfers of a licence or permit in accordance with the Liquor Control Act 1988 and other regulations. When considering the potential impact on amenity, the VCGLR considers:
In determining whether to grant an application, the VCGLR also takes into account the views of local councils and police:
Applicants for licences that are required to display a public notice (including general, on-premises and restaurant and cafe licences) must display an A3 size public notice at the proposed licensed premises in a manner that invites public attention for up to 28 days:
During this time, members of the community can object to the liquor licence application.
However, there are certain types of applications that do not have the requirement to display a public notice (including BYO, pre-retail and some temporary licences) and therefore, members of the community cannot object to those applications.
To search for liquor licence applications received by the VCGLR, see Liquor licences and applications online. If you require the details of a liquor licence application, you must check the public notice displayed at the proposed licensed premises.
To object to a liquor licence, you must demonstrate two things:
The following are not valid reasons for objection:
When an objection is made, the impact to the amenity of the area plays a significant role in the decision to refuse or grant the licence application. Amenity means the quality of an area that is pleasant and agreeable.
Please note: All objections will be treated as public documents. Full details of the objection, including the name and address of the objector will be provided to the licence applicant and they will be invited to address any objectors concerns.
In order for the VCGLR consider an objection, it must be:
Objections can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to:
The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation
GPO Box 1988
MELBOURNE VIC 3001
You may also lodge an objection in person to:
Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation
12 Shelley Street
RICHMOND VIC 3121
(Check the Contact us section of the website for opening hours.)
The VCGLR can refuse to accept an objection if it considers that:
Please note: The VCGLR will not accept any objection or comments made via other websites unless the criteria for a formal objection are met.
If you have made an objection and decide to withdraw it, you can do so at anytime.
Information on withdrawing an application is included in the acknowledgement letter sent to the objector(s).
An applicant or objector may submit an application to have the decision of a delegate of the VCGLR reviewed. Please note, only decisions made by a single commissioner or delegate may be reviewed internally.
The appeal must be lodged within 28 days after the:
The later of these two dates will be accepted.
You can lodge an appeal application by: