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Late night freeze

The Victorian Government has extended the freeze on granting new liquor licence applications to trade after 1am in local governments areas of Melbourne (including Docklands), Stonnington, Yarra and Port Phillip, until 30 June 2019.

Permanent licences

Step 1

Secure local council support first.

Step 2

Applicants for the grant, relocation or variation of permanent liquor licences must satisfy the VCGLR that:

  • the premises:
    • are used as an accommodation hotel
    • is a venue that regularly provides live music entertainment or
    • is a venue that supplies liquor for consumption on the premises provided food is available at all times when alcohol is supplied
  • the patron capacity does not exceed 200
  • the economic and social benefit of granting the licence will outweigh the impact of alcohol misuse and abuse and community amenity
  • a management plan (PDF 144KB) is in place.
Temporary and major event licences

Step 1

Secure local council support first.

Step 2

Applicants for temporary liquor and major event licences must satisfy the VCGLR their application is for:

  • a significant cultural festival
  • a major tourist event
  • New Year's Eve
  • a major live music event
  • a major charity event

And

  • a management plan (PDF 144KB) is in place and that any food service conditions on the licence will be until alcohol service finishes.

Download the Late night liquor supplementary forms kit (PDF 544KB)

Page last modified 
24 January 2017