Liquor Licensing

A club licence authorises the sale and supply of liquor for consumption on the club’s licensed premises.

The licensee is also permitted to sell liquor:

  • For consumption on the licensed premises in accordance with Section 36 of the Liquor Licensing Act 1997 and any Extended Trading Authorisation.
  • At any time in a designated dining area to a diner for consumption in that area with or ancillary to a meal provided by the licensee in that area
  • At any time in a designated reception area to a person attending a reception for consumption in that area

If the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner is satisfied that the members of the club cannot obtain liquor from any other source than the club, the following conditions will be added to the club licence authorising the club:

  • To sell liquor at the club on any day (except Good Friday and Christmas Day) to a club member for ‘carry-off’ from the club
  • To sell liquor at any time through direct sales transaction to members of the club. The liquor must be delivered to an address in South Australia and must be delivered during the club’s authorised ‘carry-off‘ trading hours on any day (other than Good Friday or Christmas Day).

An applicant for a Club licence or an existing licence holder can apply to the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner for any of the following consents:

Extended Trading Authorisation (ETA)

If a licensee wishes to trade between midnight and 5 am Monday to Saturday, or between 8 am or 11 am or 8 pm and midnight on a Sunday, or between midnight and 2 am on Christmas Day, the licensee may apply for an Extended Trading Authorisation. This authorisation cannot operate on Good Friday, the day after Good Friday or the day after Christmas Day.

Entertainment Consent

If a licensee intends to provide entertainment on the licensed premises, the licensee must apply for an Entertainment Consent.

Extension of Trading Area

If a licensee intends to trade in an area adjacent to the licensed premises, then a Extension of Trading Area authorisation is required for example drinking and/or dining on the footpath adjacent to the premises.

Designated Dining Area

The designation of a dining area allows the sale of liquor at any time to a diner for consumption with or ancillary to a meal provided by the licensee in that area.

Designated Reception Area

The designation of a Reception area allows the sale of liquor at any time to a person attending a reception for consumption in that area.

Who Can Hold a Club Licence?

A club licence can generally only be held by a body that is a non-profit association incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1985.

However, in certain circumstances, a licence may be granted to a trustee if the association is unable to become incorporated or it is inappropriate to require the incorporation of the association.

An applicant for a club licence must satisfy the licensing authority that the club will be entitled to exclusive possession of the licensed premises at all times when the club is authorised to sell liquor.

The applicant must also show that the rules of the club provide for:

  • The management of the club’s affairs by a management committee elected by the general body of members
  • Regular meetings of the general body of members and the management committee
  • The payment of subscriptions by the ordinary members of the club
  • The keeping of proper records of the proceedings of the club and its financial affairs
  • The Liquor and Gambling Commissioner must be satisfied that the premises are suitable to be licensed. For example, the premises must have sufficient toilet facilities for patrons and comply with other building regulations and planning approvals (for further information please contact the Inspectorate).
  • The applicant must also show that the operation of the licence would not cause undue offence, annoyance, disturbance, or inconvenience to those who work, worship, or reside in the area or that the safety or welfare of children attending kindergarten or school in the vicinity of the proposed licensed premises would not be prejudiced.
  • Committee members must satisfy the licensing authority that they are fit and proper persons to be in a position of authority and will need to complete a Personal Information Declaration form. Relevant knowledge, skills and experience, the results of a police check and creditworthiness will be taken into consideration.

Certificate

If an application is made for a club licence where the proposed premises are incomplete the licensing authority may grant a Certificate subject to any conditions considered appropriate.  The licensing authority will grant the club licence once the applicant can satisfy the authority that the conditions have been met and the premises have been completed in accordance with the plans lodged.

Help Lodging an Application

Applicants may wish to contact a solicitor or relevant industry association before making an application.

How to Apply

All the relevant forms and other documentation will need to be lodged meeting the minimum requirements when making an application.

Once the minimum requirements and documents have been received by the Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner, applicants will be informed of the hearing date.

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