Traditionally, the classes of liquor licence known as Taverns, Hotels and Nightclubs have been considered “High Risk Licences”. Such licences have typically been associated with more stringent application requirements, and significant public interest submissions, evidence and a demonstrated requirement for the Venue required to be established at the time of Application.

Tavern and Hotel Licences can either be “Restricted” or “Unrestricted”. A Hotel (Restricted) or Tavern (Restricted) Licence permit the sale of liquor for on-premises consumption only.  If you are seeking to also sell take-away liquor (also known as packaged liquor) as part of your business model, you will need to lodge an application for an unrestricted licence.

Each class of licence provides for a different method of trade. Which class of licence you apply for will be based upon how and when you wish to operate your Venue. Our lawyers can assist you to identify the most appropriate licence for your requirements.


A Tavern Licence authorises the sale and supply of liquor for consumption on and off the licensed premises (unless Restricted). A holder of a tavern licence does not need to provide accommodation.


A Hotel Licence permits a Venue to sell and supply liquor, for consumption on and off the licensed premises (unless Restricted). A Hotel must provide accommodation.


A nightclub licence is subject to the condition that liquor may only be sold ancillary to continuous live entertainment provided by one of more artists present in person performing there, or by way of recorded music presented by a DJ.

Permitted hours of trade are from 6pm until 5am the following day Monday – Saturday, or Sunday 8pm – 2am the next day.

Because of the “high risk” nature of these categories of licence, the benefits of a strong, comprehensive Application with plenty of evidence in support of the legislative criteria and consumer requirement evidence cannot be understated.

Contact our office today to discuss your new venue.

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