Liquor Licensing

When applying for a new licence in ACT as a club, you will be required to provide the following documentation.

  • Personal particulars of licensee
  • Evidence of Citizenship or Resident status (if born outside Australia)
  • Police certificate issued within the previous three (3) months
  • Two forms of identification (at least one form to be current photo identification)
  • Statutory declaration regarding the suitability of licensee for licence purpose
  • Copy of driver licence, proof of age card or birth certificate
  • Notification of completed public consultation period (ie 30 days of public consultation signage being displayed and a notice placed in local newspaper)
  • Organisation particulars
  • Police certificate for the corporation issued within the previous three (3) months (consent form can be obtained from the AFP)
  • Evidence of business registration / creation of the organisation (e.g. company or incorporation extract, club constitution and evidence of financial member numbers,enabling legislation, or certificate of registration)
  • If the proposed licensee is a corporation, a current company extract issued by the Australian Securities and Investiment Commission (ASIC) issued in the last 30 days

Risk-Assessment Management Plan

For all licences where alcohol is sold to be consumed on the premises (general, on, club or special licences) a Risk Assessment Management Plan (RAMP) must be provided with the Application for a Liquor Licence form.  If a commercial permit is applied for, a RAMP is also required.  A separate pro forma to assist the licensee in completing a RAMP can be found on the ORS website.

If a proposed licensee is to be a club, they must be an eligible club. This is a club that:

• Is established for the purposes of recreation, promoting social, religious, political, literary, scientific, artistic, sporting or athletic purposes, or a purpose prescribed by regulation;

• Has a constitution or set of rules that requires the election of members to manage the affairs of the club; keeps records of elections for two or more years; nominates at least once every three years members to manage the affairs of the club; prohibits the sale of liquor to persons who are not members unless there at the invitation of a member; and prohibits the payment of a commission, profit or allowance from, or on receipts from, the supply of liquor at the club premises; and

• Has a membership of at least 200 adult financial members; or if a club licence has been held continuously since before 1 July 1979, at least 150 financial adult members.

Follow this link for the application form

For Special Events in ACT

A liquor permit authorises the permit-holder to sell a specified amount of liquor at the event stated in the permit and within the times and places stated in the permit. A liquor permit does not authorise the permit-holder to sell liquor in a closed container or in a container together with the means of closing the container.

A liquor permit may be issued to an applicant only if the relevant decision-maker is satisfied on reasonable grounds that:

  • There will be adequate toilet facilities for the people attending the event;
  • The event is not likely to result in disturbance or inconvenience to people occupying premises in the neighbourhood of the event;
  • The amount of liquor for which the permit is sought is not more than the amount reasonably needed for the event;
  • It is in the public interest to issue the permit.

Permits must be returned to the Office of Regulatory Services within 7 days of either the end of the event, the last period when the sale of liquor is authorised by the permit or the cancellation of the permit.


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