Special Permits

​​​​​​​​​​​​There are four types of special permit based on the amount of time a permit is required:

  • up to four days;
  • four to thirty days;
  • six months; and
  • twelve months.

A special permit can only be held by a person who is at least 18 years old. The ​​​permit is issued to the person who applies on behalf of an association, society, organisation, club or other bona fide body running the event or function.

A special permit authorises the sale of liquor on premises where there is no existing authority. The Commissioner for Licensing may grant a permit if satisfied that the principal purpose of the function is not the sale or consumption of liquor and that this is incidental to the event, and if satisfied that it is reasonable to grant the permit.

A special permit does not authorise liquor to be sold on premises if the use of those premises for that purpose is otherwise unlawful.

If liquor is being provided by way of an entry fee into a function, a cost per glass or pre-sold tickets then it is considered that liquor is being sold and a special permit will need to be obtained. A special permit is not required for private functions such as weddings or birthdays where the liquor is provided by the host at his/her own expense. If a function is "BYO only" generally a liquor permit is not required.

Apply Online for a Special Liquor Permit for less than 4 days

  Application for a Special  Permit for 4 days to 30 days   (231Kb)

  Application for a Special Permit for 6 month​s and Annual   (331Kb)​

  Guide to Tasmanian Liquor Licensing Laws for Liquor Permit Holders   (274Kb)

Special Permit for Sporting Clubs

A special permit (Club Permit) authorises the sale of liquor on the premises of a sporting club for a period up to 15 hours per week. It is issued primarily for the social enjoyment of club members. 

In addition to the 15 hours permitted trading per week, clubs may apply for extra hours for additional club only functions and significant or extraordinary events by applying for a special permit. 

 Club permit op​erating conditions (116Kb)

 Application for a​n club permit (233Kb)

 Guide to Tasmanian Liquor Licensing Laws for Liquor Permit Holders (274Kb)