Special Permits

COVID public health requirements for all public events

Requirements apply for the organisers of all public events in Tasmania to reduce the risk of the coronavirus spreading at an event. You can review the requirements in detail and access form templates at Business Tasmania.​​

All public events in Tasmania are required to have an Events COVID-19 Safety Plan in place.

Depending on the size and type of event, organisers may be required to submit an application and Events COVID-19 Safety Plan to Business Tasmania for assessment and potential approval by the Director of Public Health.

It is not intended that this applies to private gatherings (eg birthday parties and weddings) or organised gatherings (eg regular club meetings).

If you require more information or help to meet the requirements, please contact Business Tasmania by email ​or on 1800 440 226.

Organisers of one-off public events involving the sale and consumption of liquor, should follow these steps:

  1. Visit the Business Tasmania website to determine your event level. The levels relate to the risk associated with activities if a person with coronavirus attends the event. For example, large events with people mixing and moving freely would be high risk.
     
  2. Apply to us for a liquor permit (all levels).
Levels 2 and 3 - Apply to us for a liquor permit before you apply through Business Tasmania. Please have your application to us five weeks before your intended event. This allows 21 days for assessment of the COVID risk through Business Tasmania once the liquor permit has been granted.​
​Level 1Levels 2 and 3

​3.  Complete an Events COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Use the template and download it to your computer.

Once you are granted a liquor permit and have completed a Plan, your event can go ahead. You do not need to register your event with Business Tasmania or apply to hold it.

Implement the public health measures at the event and have a copy of your Plan available for inspection.

Comply with the conditions of your liquor permit.

3.   Complete an Events COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Work on your Plan over time while you are waiting for your liquor permit to be granted. 

You may download the template to your computer. 
 
OR
 
Use the template in the registration portal (see Step 4 below).
 

4.   Register online to submit your application and your Events COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Register your event.

Start your Plan through the registration portal.

5.   When your liquor permit is granted, submit your Events COVID-19 Safety Plan for assessment through Business Tasmania.

Level 2 event organisers must wait for advice that an event may proceed.

Level 3 event organisers require pre‑approval from the Director of Public Health before an event may proceed.

The application process may take up to 21 days.​

​​​​​T​​ypes of 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​ club permit (233Kb)

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