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2020 liquor licensing fees refunds and waivers

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The Victorian Government has announced a range of tax relief measures as part of its economic survival package in response to coronavirus, including reimbursing businesses that have paid for a renewable liquor licence for 2020

We have worked with relevant departments and agencies to implement these including refunding and waiving Victorian renewable liquor licensing fees for 2020.

Businesses that have paid the 2020 renewal fee for their liquor licence or BYO permit will be reimbursed this fee, and those yet to pay will have their fee waived.

For those licensees/permittees who have already paid their 2020 renewal fee, the State Revenue Office will administer a reimbursement by cheque. 

For licensees/permittees who are yet to pay their 2020 renewal fee, this fee will be waived. If you are yet to pay and want to retain your liquor licence or BYO permit, you need to advise us via email to contact@vcglr.vic.gov.au by 31 March 2020. Please include your licence or permit number in your email response and use the subject line ‘Liquor licence renewal waiver’.

This renewal fee waiver is for the 2020 renewal period only.

For more information please contact our client services team via email to contact@vcglr.vic.gov.au or by phoning 1300 182 457.

I have already paid my 2020 renewal fee

Businesses that have paid the 2020 renewal fee for their liquor licence or BYO permit will be reimbursed this fee. The State Revenue Office will administer a full reimbursement of your renewal fee via cheque. We anticipate that payments will be complete by early April.

I haven't paid my 2020 renewal fee

Your 2020 renewable liquor licence fee will be waived.

If you want to keep your liquor licence or BYO permit, you need to advise us via email to contact@vcglr.vic.gov.au by 31 March 2020. Once we receive this, your licence or permit will be renewed at no charge to you. 

If you do not arrange to have your licence or permit renewed by 31 March 2020 and continue to sell/supply liquor you will be doing so unlawfully and risk enforcement action.

If your existing licence or permit is no longer required, you can surrender it, see: Surrender a liquor licence or permit application form

I have applied and paid for a transfer of licence or temporary licence after 1 January 2020

We are currently working with the State Revenue Office to establish processes to refund all other liquor licensing application fees including transfer of licence or temporary licence fees paid since 1 January 2020. 

I want to supply liquor for takeaway and/or delivery

If you hold a restaurant and cafe or on-premises liquor licence, and there are no conditions on your licence that already permit the supply of liquor for consumption off your licensed premises, you can apply for a temporary limited licence to supply a limited quantity of liquor for off-premises consumption. 

For more information and how to apply for a Temporary Limited Licence, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for licensees

Article last modified 
7 April 2020