Does your liquor licence allow for extended ordinary trading hours over New Year’s Eve?
Licensees need to lodge a temporary limited licence application by 31 October for any extension to ordinary trading hours for New Year’s Eve. Applications require eight full weeks to process to ensure approval in time for New Year’s Eve. Late applications may not be assessed.
Many licence categories include an automatic extension to ordinary trading hours during the New Year's period under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998. If you wish to trade past the hours outlined on your liquor licence, you will require a temporary limited licence.
Restrictions on applications for late night trading from 1am apply to licensees in the Cities of Melbourne, Stonnington, Port Phillip and Yarra. The VCGLR will not grant applications to trade past 1am unless the applicant meets certain conditions. These applications are likely to be served to Victoria Police and the relevant local council which may require extra processing time.
For more information and to find out if you meet these conditions, see: Late night freeze
Any applications submitted for New Year’s Eve must detail controls that will be put in place to manage any extension of trading and how the venue will address any increased risk. The VCGLR has the power to restrict trading hours if there are concerns about the risk of alcohol-related harm, so applicants need to be aware of the requirements and obligations before lodging an application.
Licensees found to be in breach of liquor laws or the conditions of their licence can face a range of penalties, including fines or having their licence either suspended or cancelled.
For information on extended ordinary trading hours and licence condition extensions, see: New Year’s extended ordinary trading hours
The VCGLR is committed to ensuring Victorians and visitors celebrate New Year’s Eve in safe and responsible gambling and liquor environments. Licensees are expected to plan ahead and ensure the obligations of their liquor licence are met.