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How the fee works

Licensing in NSW is built on a user-pays system, which recognises that those who benefit from the licensed industry should contribute to the cost of its regulation. The responsibility is shared by rural, regional and urban communities across the state.

Every holder of a NSW liquor licence is required to pay an annual liquor licence fee. In 2016, the fee is calculated using the following model: a base fee plus a trading hours risk loading.

The impact of annual liquor licence fees is being considered as part of a broader review of liquor laws, announced by the NSW Government on 11 February 2016. Further information on this review can be found at www.justice.nsw.gov.au/liquorlawreview

No compliance history risk loading in 2016

The implementation of the compliance history risk loading will be subject to the findings of the recently announced liquor laws review. Consequently, this risk loading will not apply in 2016.

Fee assessment and payment

In 2016, the annual liquor licence fee will be assessed on Tuesday, 15 March 2016 based on the conditions on the licence at that date. The fee must be paid by Monday, 30 May 2016.

A licensee pays a base fee for each licence held. Some premises with an extended trading authorisation or unrestricted trading rights, which allows trading after midnight, will pay a trading hours risk loading. 

A licence will be suspended and a late payment fee applied on Tuesday, 28 June 2016 if annual fees are not paid in full. A licence will be cancelled on Tuesday, 26 July 2016 if any part of the licence fee remains unpaid. An application to reinstate a cancelled licence can be made up until Monday, 19 September 2016 subject to payment of all outstanding fees, including late fees.

The Secretary of the NSW Department of Justice can re-assess an annual fee if an error is made in a fee amount, and may also waive certain elements of the fee if satisfied the applicant is experiencing financial hardship.  

Keep your details up to date

Update the contact details associated with your liquor licence to ensure you do not miss important notices regarding payment of your annual liquor licence fee.

Check your liquor licence authorisations and conditions to see whether you may be able to apply for a trading hours loading exemption or reduce your annual fee by reducing your trading hours.