Apply for a Liquor Licence

There are five types of Liquor Licence in Tasmania, they are:

A liquor licence can only be held by a person who is at least 18 years old. Licences cannot be held by more than one person, companies or trusts.

In considering an application for a licence or permit, the Commissioner for Licensing or the Tasmanian Liquor and Gaming Commission are required to take into account whether the application is, in their opinion, in the best interests of the community.

A complete application for a liquor licence may take up to 8 weeks to be considered by the Commissioner, your will be informed of the any decision.

Applicants for liquor licences are required to undertake Responsible Service of Alcohol training.

General Liquor Licence

A general liquor licence authorises the sale of liquor on premises between 5 am and 12 midnight daily, for consumption on or off the premises. This licence is usually issued to hotels and taverns. 

An Out-Of-Hours Permit can be approved to authorise the sale of liquor between 12 midnight and 5 am.

Club Liquor Licence

A club liquor licence authorises the sale of liquor on the club's premises between 5 am and 12 midnight daily, for consumption on or off the premises. This licence is usually issued to sporting or RSL clubs.

The sale of liquor under this licence is limited to:

  • a member of the club;
  • a guest of a member of the club;
  • a visitor to the club;
  • a member of another club which has a reciprocal membership arrangement with the club;
  • a competitor in an event conducted or hosted by the club on that day;
  • a spectator of an event conducted or hosted by the club on that day; or
  • a person who is attending a meeting of, or a function conducted by, an organisation which the Commissioner is satisfied is not operated for profit.

Liquor cannot be sold to other organisations/groups for resale by those groups. Entry restrictions apply to non-club members.

An Out-Of-Hours Permit can be approved to authorise the sale of liquor between 12 midnight and 5 am.

On Licence

An on licence authorises the sale of liquor for consumption on the licensed premises between 5 am and 12 midnight daily. This licence is usually issued to some nightclubs, bars and bar/restaurants.

If a licensee wishes to sell liquor for consumption off the licensed premises for specific occasions or events (such as street dining), he or she should apply for an off permit. An off permit will not be issued to authorise general liquor sales.

An Out-Of-Hours Permit can be approved to authorise the sale of liquor between 12 midnight and 5 am.

An on licence also authorises the sale of liquor at a restaurant for consumption with or without food. If an on licence is granted for a restaurant (where the principal activity is serving food for consumption on the premises) the premises must continue to be operated as a restaurant.

Off Licence

An off licence authorises the sale of liquor between 5 am and 12 midnight daily for consumption off the licensed premises. This licence is usually issued to bottle shops as a stand alone facility or associated with a hotel.

An Out-Of-Hours Permit can be approved to authorise the sale of liquor between 12 midnight and 5 am.

Special Licence

A special licence authorises the sale of liquor between specified times and subject to conditions specified in the licence. This licence can be issued for the sale of liquor in areas of the hospitality industry with specific limitations and restrictions such as restaurants, function centres, tertiary institutions, accommodation providers, wine producers or tourist attractions.

An Out-Of-Hours Permit can be approved to authorise the sale of liquor between 12 midnight and 5 am.

Application Information and Forms