How to acquire a Liquor Licence in Queensland

Are you interested in opening a hotel, bar or restaurant in Queensland, Australia and require a liquor and/or gaming machine licence? the time of action that is required in order to complete the licensing requirements can be arduous and we hope to be able to discarded some light on the various requirements.

It can take many months to complete the time of action of applying for a liquor and/or gaming machine licence, so it is important to plan ahead and ensure that you have made sufficient provisions so that there is no interruption to your business.

In Queensland, OLGR (Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation) is responsible for the approval of all licensing related matters. This is where we excel, as we know the time of action that is required in order to ensure that an application is successful, saving you both time and money.

There are five types of liquor licences under two categories; Commercial and Community. The Commercial licence kind includes hotels, taverns, pubs and nightclubs, airports, casinos, restaurants and small bars. The Community licence kind includes clubs such as sporting venues, RSL (sets clubs), cultural clubs, and seasonal sporting clubs and community events.

The applicable OLGR application forms will list all attachments required in order to be considered. As a guide you may need:

  • layout plan of the premises
  • evidence from Council that your plans to pay attention to town planning law
  • risk-assessed management plan
  • community impact statement
  • menu if you plan to serve food.

In addition to this, applicants must generally undergo a criminal history and other applicable probity checks to keep up a liquor and/or gaming machine licence.

Once the forms have been successfully lodged, we will notify the applicants to place advertisements to notify the local community of plans for a licensed premises. The applicant must place advertising notices twice in a local newspaper and once in the Queensland Government Gazette, in addition as displaying a sign (details provided by OLGR) outside the premises for at the minimum 28 days.

Residents, businesses, police and local councils in the area are invited to make submissions to OLGR. If valid objections are received, an objections conference may be called by OLGR.

Ultimately, there are strict regulations on what is required to fully complete an application. Any errors or omissions usually consequence in meaningful delays or a worse case scenario of the complete application being returned by OLGR.

A liquor and/or gaming machine licence are great business drivers and may allow you new opportunities to increase both the revenue and net worth of your business. It is well worth the time to invest in good help in order to ensure the application course of action runs as smooth as possible.

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