Application for a temporary limited liquor licence
Liquor Control Reform Act 1998
A temporary limited licence may be granted to cover:
- a one-off event such as a 21st birthday, wedding, trivia night, presentation night or ball
- a booth at a sporting event
- an extension of trading hours or licensed area for a one-off event that does not relate to a major event in the area
- the supply of liquor at a market by a producer
- a theatre production
- internet sales, mail orders, wine drive, gift hampers.
You must be 18 years or over to hold a liquor licence in Victoria.
A temporary licence can only be approved for a limited period of time.
The following limitations will generally apply when considering an application for a temporary limited licence:
- a maximum of 6 one-off events at a venue over a 12-month period
- a maximum of 3 event dates at a venue will be accepted per application
- an application for a limited licence should be lodged at least 8 weeks before the event
- lodging an application does not automatically mean that it will be approved. You should not advertise or promote any event before the application is determined and the licence granted.
If an event is likely to attract more than 5000 patrons and/or have a significant impact, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) may determine this event to be a Major Event. The VCGLR will take into account:
- required amount of effort or oversight by authorised persons (i.e. Commissioner; VCGLR Inspector; member of the police force)
- impact on provision and organisation of public transport and emergency services
- impact on public safety or the amenity of the area or both.
For further information about the factors that are taken into account in determining whether an event is classified as a major event, refer to the Major event form. Major event licences cannot be applied for online.
About this Application
The VCGLR may request an applicant to provide further information before making a decision. If required to do so you will be notified by email (if no email address is provided, a letter with be sent to you). This may include:
- further details of the event if insufficient information has been provided
- an event management plan
- evidence that bar staff have undertaken Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) training.
A copy of your application may be given to Victoria Police and the relevant local council for comment before a determination is made by the VCGLR. Victoria Police or the local council have 30 days to provide comment from the day that they are provided a copy under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998.
In some cases, the VCGLR may require you to display a public notice at the premises to allow any person(s) the right to object to the grant of this application on the ground that it would detract from, or be detrimental to, the amenity of the area in which the premises is located. The objection period is 30 days from the notice being first displayed.
Liquor Licence Fees
Please ensure you pay the correct fee when lodging this application. For information about liquor licence application fees, please refer to our website.