Depending on your situation, you can apply for two different types of liquor licences to operate a pub.
For the requirements and more information, see Things to consider before applying.
Applicants are advised to lodge liquor licence applications at least eight weeks in advance. The time taken to process an application will vary depending on a range of factors including the complexity of the application and any objections which may be raised.
A general licence authorises the supply of liquor for consumption both on and off the licensed premises.
Any business with appropriate planning permission that wishes to supply alcohol for consumption on the premises, as well as to take away for consumption off the premises. Pubs, hotels and some taverns would normally hold a general licence.
To apply for a general licence, download and complete the *General licence application kit (PDF, 1.34 MB). Details on how to lodge your completed application are included in the kit.
A late night (general) licence authorises the supply of alcohol for on-premises and off-premises consumption after 1am.
Businesses wishing to trade on a general licence past 1am.
Please note that there is currently a freeze on late night licence applications in the Local Government Areas of Melbourne, Port Phillip, Stonnington and Yarra. For more information, see Late night freeze.
To apply for a general licence, download and complete the *Late night (general or on-premises) licence application kit (PDF, 1.88 MB). Details on how to lodge your completed application are included in the kit.
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