When transferring a licence, the proposed transferee cannot supply alcohol until the transfer has been granted and the proposed transferee has obtained the legal right to occupy the premises.
If the transfer is granted before the right to occupy is obtained, the proposed transferee can supply liquor from the date they obtain the legal right to occupy, but they must provide a notice of right to occupy to the VCGLR within 24 hours of gaining the legal right to occupy. A penalty in excess of $800 may apply for not providing notice within 24 hours.
Once the above has occurred, approved applicants receive an official grant letter and licence bearing their name from the VCGLR. Significant penalties apply for the sale of liquor by an unlicensed person.
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.
To transfer an existing licence or permit to a proposed licensee or permittee, complete the Transfer an existing liquor licence or permit online form. Once you have registered an account, details of how to lodge your application are provided in the online portal. The online form simplifies and provides greater visibility of the overall process to all applicants and aims to reduce determination times. If you are unable to lodge online, you can use the PDF version.
To transfer an existing general or full club liquor license also approved for gaming, download and complete the transfer gaming premises forms Transfer and remove application kit (PDF, 307 KB) for the vendor, and the Transfer and include application kit for the purchaser. Details on how to lodge your application are included in the kits.