Liquor Licence Application Process
We process liquor 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).
Qualifications - The Commissioner for Licensing will assess whether you are qualified to hold a licence. You must
- be at least 18 years old;
- be an individual (not a company or trust);
- satisfy the Commissioner that you are a fit and proper person to be a licensee (this includes your associates);
- satisfy the Commissioner that you will be able to exercise effective control over the service and any consumption of liquor; and
- have successfully completed an approved responsible service of alcohol course.
Public notice - You will be required to give public notice of your application.
Interested parties may provide the Commissioner with a written submission (within 14 days) supporting or objecting to your application. If an objection is received you will be provided with an opportunity to respond.
Extended processing time - The application process may take longer if:
- your application is incomplete and we need to follow up with you;
- the Commissioner requires additional information to properly consider your application;
- an objection to your application is received;
- the Commissioner refers your application to the Tasmanian Liquor and Gaming Commission for a hearing, in the public interest; or
- an extended public holiday period is approaching.
There are five types of Liquor Licence in Tasmania - general, club, on, off and special.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Application Forms and Guides
Liquor Licence Application Form (429Kb)
Liquor Licence Application Information (309Kb)
Guide to Tasmanian Liquor Licensing laws for licence holders (572Kb)