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Liquor licencing

At Jacaranda Advisory we undertake a range of liquor licencing applications and compliance for numerous clients within the hospitality sector.

We have over 15 years consulting experience relating to liquor licencing services and continue to create and maintain long term relationships with clients and the relevant regulatory and government bodies.

Key areas we assist you with include:

  • New venue (hotel, club, bar, restaurant or special facility) liquor licencing applications
  • Transfers, renewals and suspensions of liquor licences
  • Extensions of approved trading hours applications
  • Relocations and extensions of licenced trading areas
  • New detached bottle shops
  • Risk-Assessed Management Plans (RAMP)
  • Community Impact Statements (CIS)
  • Temporary liquor licences

At Jacaranda Advisory we have the practical and technical experience to provide specialised and in depth support for your venue’s liquor licencing issues.

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New liquor licence application

Whether you are launching a new hotel, club bar, restaurant or anything else in-between, at Jacaranda Advisory we have the skills available to get your venue approved for the sale of liquor.

Dependant on the type of venue you may be wishing to operate will determine the complexity of the application, the information necessary to complete the application, the time frame to prepare the application and for it to be accessed.

Restaurant and cafe liquor licence applications:

  • This application is considered to be a ‘Subsidiary on-premises licence’, when selling liquor for on-premises consumption is a secondary function of the business.
  • The venue must provide meals or prepared food (at the premises) as the principal activity of the business.
  • General business operating hours are 10am – 12am (midnight), but can be applied to be extended.
  • A Risk Assessed Management Plan (RAMP) will not be required, provided the premises is low risk (criteria apply).
  • Applicants are likely to require a criminal history assessment and other relevant probity checks.

Bar liquor licence applications:

  • This application is needed where the main business activity is selling liquor for consumption on licensed premises with a maximum seating capacity of 60 patrons.
  • General business operating hours are 10am – 12am (midnight), but can be applied to.
  • Generally, an approved manager or individual licensee must be on site or reasonable available during ordinary trading hours or extended trading hours.
  • It is likely that individual applicants (and/or an individual as approved manager) must attend mandatory Responsible Management of Licensed Venues (RMLV) training.

Commercial Hotel liquor licence applications:

  • A commercial hotel licence allows you to sell liquor for the consumption either on or off the licensed premises.
  • Must have the capacity to seat more than 60 patrons at any one time and toilet facilities (both male and female).
  • Must operate a commercial kitchen with in house dinning.
  • A detailed Community Impact Statement (CIS) will be required for the application detailing key statistics and information about the local area, population, employment, tourism in the proposed area for the venue. This document is critical to the success of the liquor licence application.
  • Applicants are likely to require a criminal history assessment and other relevant probity checks.
  • The application will need to be advertised.

Community Club liquor licence applications:

  • This licence may only be granted to a non-proprietary club such as a sporting club, RSL club or ethnic club.
  • General trading hours are 10am – 12am (midnight). Allowance may be made to trade between 7am – 10am if community need can be demonstrated (criteria apply). Trading hours may also be extended past 12am (midnight) subject to community demand (further criteria applies).
  • Generally, an approved manager or individual licensee must be on site or reasonable available during ordinary trading hours or extended trading hours.
  • A Risk Assessed Management Plan (RAMP) will be required required

We have a proven track records and longstanding relationship with the Office of Liquor and Gaming. We and are committed to seeing your new venture come to life.

Contact us on 07 3367 1994 or our contact us page.

Renewals, transfers, suspensions

Jacaranda Advisory specialises in licencing compliance and is available to assist in liquor licence renewals, transfers or suspensions of current liquor licences.

The application for a renewal or transfer is not as onerous as a new site application. Criminal history checks along with personal details forms for incoming parties will need to be submitted to the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR). Further to this an update Risk Assessed Management Plan (RAMP) will need to be prepared to reflect any changes.

If you are looking to renew your liquor licence, transfer it to a different entity or organisation or have had your licence suspended please contact us for advice on how to proceed on 07 3367 1994 or contact us.

Extension of approved trading hours

Currently the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) allows the extension of liquor trading hours past midnight (12am) throughout the week on either a one-off or permanent basis. These hours can be until 1am-3am subject to certain conditions.

Subject to what type of liquor licence currently held by your venue as well as the location of the venue will determine both the requirements necessary and the limit of the extension of hours you may seek.

For most licence types, extending hours means any hours of trade before 10am and 12am (midnight).

Early opening extended trading:

  • All licence types are available to trade between the hours of 7-10am, subject to a list of conditions and exceptions imposed by the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation. These are assessed on a case by case basis generally dependant on community demand.

Late night extended trading:

  • Extended trading is permissible between 12am – 1am for subsidiary on premises licenced (generally cafes and restaurants).
  • Extended trading is permissible between 12am-2am for premises located outside a safe night precinct
  • Extended trading is permissible between 12am-3am for premises located within a safe night precinct
  • A Community Impact Statement (CIS) will need to be prepared for any extension of hours past 12am (midnight). Extensions of hours up to 2am will require a standard CIS; while extensions past 2am will require a full CIS.

If you wish to learn more about extending your licenced trading hours, for further information call 07 3367 1994 or contact us.

Alteration to liquor licence

An application is required when you are proposing to alter, change the layout of, or rebuild your licenced premises without any changes to the overall licenced area (e.g. remove a wall, lengthen a bar). The application must be lodged and approved prior to the renovations taking place.

The commission at the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) will generally not require a licensee to apply for approval when the estimated costs of the changes are less than $50,000 and are not likely to alter the acoustic qualities of the licensed premises.

The extension of the footprint of the licensed premise also requires approval from OLGR.

The team at Jacaranda Advisory are highly skilled in organising any relocations or extensions to be approved by OLGR. For further information, contact us or call 07 3367 1994.

Bottleshop

Only a Commercial Hotel liquor licence has the right to apply for a detached bottle shop (up to 3) away from the main premises.

To be eligible for approval the detached bottle shop must;

  • be no more than 10km by road from the main hotel (unless the proposed bottle shop is in a remote area, not serviced by takeaway facilities)
  • be operated by the licensee of the main licensed premises
  • have a floor area of not more than 150m2
  • have no direct access from any other business premises
  • have direct access from a public place
  • have no drive-through facility.

The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation must be satisfied that:

  • the licensee of the main hotel premises has the sole right of occupancy of the bottle shop premises
  • the licensee of the main hotel premises will derive the financial benefit from the bottle shop premises
  • the licencee’s principal place of business will remain the main hotel premises
  • the licensee has not requested exclusivity to conduct a bottle shop at the shopping centre in the tenancy agreement.

Applying for a detaches bottle shop is a complex process that is heavily reviewed by the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) to ensure suitability in the proposed location. A thorough Community Impact Statement along with further eligibility requirements are required for the application which can take at least 3-5 months to process, or longer if there are public objections.

If you are considering opening a detached bottle shop, please contact the team at Jacaranda Advisory for further information.

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