Small Bar Liquor Licence

03 July 2012

Of all the types of venues that can be licensed under the new Act, this type of venue has proven to be the most popular and received the most press.

Since the commencement of the new Liquor Act we have acted for a number of venues that fall into this category including at Darlinghurst, Mona Vale and at Wollongong and are presently involved in a number of other applications which are yet to be finalised.

Under the new Liquor Act there is no class of liquor licence known as a Small Bar Liquor Licence and the operators of such venues either apply for a Hotel Licence designated as a General Bar or an On-premises licence for a Restaurant with Primary Service Authorisation (PSA), depending on how they propose to operate.

If the primary purpose of the venue is to be the sale and supply of liquor as opposed to the preparing and serving of substantial meals, then the appropriate liquor licence is a Hotel Licence designated as a General Bar. A Hotel Licence designated as a General Bar does not allow the provision of take-away liquor sales, gaming, KENO or TAB facilities.

Whether the application is for a Restaurant Licence with PSA or a General Bar Licence, a Community Impact Statement (CIS) will be required to be prepared however, the more complex category of CIS is required for a General Bar Licence. See our separate news article titled “General Bar Hotel Liquor Licence” for more information on the process for obtaining such a licence.

Amongst other requirements, the Liquor Authority can only grant the application if any required development approval is in place from Council allowing the use of the premises for the purpose proposed. We can also assist with the preparation of this application.

Should you be interested in setting up a small bar please feel free to call us for an obligation free quote . The first consultation is free.

 

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