A Licensed Premises Gaming (LPG) licence enables an entity to operate keno or keno and gaming machines in licensed premises such as hotels and clubs in Tasmania. LPG Licences are not transferable.
A LPG Licence can be held by an individual (18 years or older) or a legal entity eg partnership, trust, company or incorporated body in Tasmania.
In considering an application for a LPG Licence, the Tasmanian Liquor and Gaming Commission (the Commission) is required to determine if the applicant and its associates are suitable to be concerned in or associated with the management and operation of gaming. Suitability of the applicant and its associates includes investigating their character, honesty and integrity as well as financial stability.
The Commission must also be satisfied the size, layout and facilities of the applicant's premises are suitable and the proposed security arrangements are adequate.
Types of Applications
- Keno - Applications to operate keno only can take up to 8 weeks to assess and gaming cannot commence at the premises until a licence has been issued by the Commission.
- Keno and gaming machines - Applications to operate keno and gaming machines can take a considerable time to assess and gaming cannot commence at the premises until a licence has been issued by the Commission.
Community Interest requirements
Where an application for gaming machines is received and gaming machines have not been either previously installed or have not been installed in the premises within the last six months, the applicant is required to complete a Community Interest Test (CIT) as part of the application. Please contact the Liquor and Gaming Branch prior to making an application to discuss the process and requirements of the CIT
For further information about the LPG Licence application process or the Community Interest Test, contact the Liquor and Gaming Branch.
Application requirements - new and renewal
To apply for a LPG Licence or to renew an expiring licence, you must fully complete the relevant application form (see below), along with payment (which includes the application fee, annual licence fee and application fees for all associates).
If your current LPG licence is due to expire and you wish to renew the licence you MUST complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Liquor and Gaming Branch prior to the expiry date.
If your renewal application is not received prior to the expiry date of your licence then it will expire and will no longer be in effect. A new applications will need to be submitted and you cannot operate keno or gaming machines during that time.
We process LPG licence applications in the order we receive them.
Processing time - If you provide us with a complete application, we aim to advise you of the outcome of your application within 4 - 6 weeks. In some cases it may take longer (see below).
Your application must contain:
- a fully completed application form;
- the application fee; and
- all required supporting information (as outlined in the application form).
Extended processing time - The application process may take longer if:
- your application is incomplete and we need to follow up with you;
- the Commission requires additional information to properly consider your application;
- an objection to your application is received (if applicable)
Application Forms- new and renewal
If you are a legal entity separate from its shareholders or a Trust, being an entity that holds property or income for the benefit of others, please use the following application form:
Licensed Premise Gaming Licence application form - Company (141Kb)
Incorporated Body or Club
If your organisation is an incorporated association and has the word incorporated or the abbreviation Inc in its name, or you are a Club, please use the following application form:
Licensed Premises Gaming Licence application form - Incorporated Body Club (137Kb)
Partnership or Individual
If your you are applying as a sole trader or in a partnership, being an association of people or entities carrying on a business together but not as a company, please use the following application form:
Licensed Premises Gaming Licence application form- Partnership Individual (130Kb)
Change of Owner/Occupier - Existing Licensed Premises Gaming Licence
A LPG licence is not transferable. Where a new licence holder is going to take over a premises, by way of sale or lease, the Commission may grant a provisional LPG Licence to enable gaming to continue while a full LPG Licence application is assessed. This can only be considered once a complete application has been received.
A provisional LPG Licence can only be issued where a LPG Licence is currently operating at the premises.
An application should be submitted at least 28 days prior to any change of owner/operator. If the liquor licence holder is changing, an application to transfer the liquor licence must be submitted. Please refer to our webpage for further information - Transferring a Liquor Licence
Your Responsibilities as a Licence Holder
Licence holders have many responsibilities, including (but not limited to):
- Meeting the requirements of the Mandatory Code of Practice and the Responsible Conduct of Gambling;
- Ensuring that all relevant staff are appropriately licensed;
- Accessing, or having a representative access, the Tasmanian Gaming Exclusion Scheme Database regularly;
- Properly displaying the prescribed signage and providing information for players; and
- Complying with any direction or rule made by the Tasmanian Liquor and Gaming Commission.
To find out more about these and other requirements, refer to the Resources for Licence Holders page.