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​Compliance risk loading 

​Compliance risk loadings may be included in the calculation of annual liquor licence fees if, in the past calendar year, a licensee or manager has committed a serious liquor law offence, or a venue has been listed as a declared​ premises under the Violent Venues scheme. 

Compliance risk loading fees include:

  1. Compliance history risk loading,
  2. Patron capacity risk loading, and
  3. Location risk loading for venues in the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross precincts.

Compliance history risk loading fee

The compliance history risk loading fee will be based on the number of prescribed offence events committed at a licensed premises, or if a venue was listed as a Level 1 or 2 declared premises under the Violent Venues scheme. 

A prescribed offence event occurs where a licensee or manager is convicted in court, a penalty notice is paid, or an enforcement order is issued by the State Debt Recovery Office for a prescribed offence

For more information on what prescribed offences are refer to the NSW legislation website or see below: 

Prescribed offences that lead to compliance risk loadings

  • Sale or supply of liquor contrary to licence
  • Breach of licence condition
  • Permitting intoxication or indecent, violent or quarrelsome conduct
  • Selling or supplying liquor to an intoxicated person
  • Permitting the sale, possession or use of a prohibited plant or drug section
  • Failure to comply with a direction given by the Secretary
  • Failure to comply with a short-term closure order
  • Failure to comply with a long-term closure order
  • Failure to comply with a notice issued by the Secretary section
  • Selling or supplying liquor to a minor or allowing such sale or supply
  • Licensees and managers liable for act of employees etc.

Patron capacity risk loading fee

The patron capacity risk loading fee will be based on the number of people a venue is allowed to hold. Accommodation areas are not taken to be included in the patron capacity of a venue.

How will the patron capacity of a venue be determined?​

If a patron capacity risk loading fee applies to a liquor licence, the licensee will need to tell Liquor & Gaming NSW what the current patron capacity of the venue is. We will then use this number to calculate the correct patron capacity risk loading fee in 2017.

If Liquor & Gaming NSW determines that the number you provide is not accurate, the Secretary has discretion to determine the patron capacity for your venue that will be used to calculate the patron capacity risk loading fee.

Note: Affected licensees had to advise Liquor & Gaming NSW of their patron capacity by Wednesday, 15 March 2017. This process has now closed. 

Venues exempt from the patron capa​city risk loading fee

A patron capacity risk loading fee does not apply to a:  

  • producer/wholesaler licence, unless a drink-on premises authorisation is held;
  • on-premises licence relating to accommodation premises or a catering service;
  • packaged liquor licence;
  • limited licence (multi-function); or
  • hotel licence that was formerly a community liquor licence.


Location risk loading fee

A location risk loading applies to any venue in the Kings Cross and Sydney CBD Entertainment precincts.

A location risk loading fee does not apply to a:

  • ​producer/wholesaler licence, unless a drink on-premises authorisation is held;
  • limited licence (multi-function); or
  • hotel licence that was formerly a community licence.​