A community impact statement (CIS) is a written summary that describes the potential harm a liquor licence might have on a neighbourhood.
This allows the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority (ILGA) to be aware of the impact that granting an application will have on a local community.
As a potential licence holder, it is your responsibility to talk to your local community about any concerns people have with your application for a liquor licence.
A CIS helps ILGA understand the impact a licence will have on your community.
ILGA cannot grant a licence, authorisation or approval unless you show us that the overall social impact of your licence will not affect the wellbeing of your community.
You must include a CIS with the papers you lodge to L&GNSW when you apply for certain types of liquor licences or authorisations.
You must complete your CIS
at least 30 days before lodging your application.
Different types of liquor licence applications require different types of CIS. There are two types of CIS:
The main difference between Category A and Category B is who you need to notify. You must consult more people to prepare a Category B CIS.
How to prepare a Category A community impact statement (PDF, 194KB).
Category A community impact statement form (PDF, 212KB).
How to prepare a Category B community impact statement (PDF, 207KB).
Category B community impact statement form (PDF, 272KB).
A CIS helps the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority (ILGA) to understand any concerns your community may have about your liquor licence proposal.
The CIS process also helps you to learn about the views of your community – including the local council, police and interest groups – before you commit to your application.
With this information, you can make a well-informed decision whether to go ahead with, modify or withdraw your proposal. You can also identify ways to change your application to reduce any negative impacts.
Early consultation tells the community about your proposal and helps to reduce negative reaction when the Authority asks for submissions.
We will place your CIS on public display on the
liquor application noticeboard before we determine your proposal.
People or organisations that are notified of a proposal will also be notified of the application if the proposal goes ahead. They will be able to view the CIS and make submissions directly to the Authority.
You must be careful how you prepare and complete your CIS. You may need professional advice for more complex or contentious applications.
We may ask you to revise your CIS if it is incomplete or unsatisfactory.
A CIS could be inadequate if you do not:
It is important to think about the following questions when you review community responses to your proposal:
ILGA cannot grant a licence, authorisation or approval unless it is satisfied that the overall social impact will not be detrimental to the well-being of the local or broader community.
It is therefore important you do your best to resolve any important community issues before you lodge an application for a liquor licence.
People may have concerns about:
Community benefits may include:
A CIS must show how you will handle community issues. It must also describe any changes you have made to your proposal after talking to your community.
If you could not reach a resolution, your CIS must note the issues and include a brief description of your attempts to settle them.
It is important to make sure all information in your CIS reflects community responses because it will go on public display.
Law and policy
Notice of intention to apply for a liquor licence or a licence authorisation (PDF, 52KB)