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​Trading hours risk loading

A trading hours risk loading will be included in the calculation of annual liquor licence fees if a premises is authorised to regularly trade after midnight. The loading must be paid regardless of whether the premises actually trades after midnight.

You could be eligible to reduce your risk loading by applying for an Occasional Extended Trading Condition (OETC)​

Venues exempt from trading hours risk loading fee​

The loading will not apply to:​

  • producer/wholesaler licence, unless it has a drink-on premises authorisation
  • on-premises licence relating to a restaurant, unless it has a primary service authorisation;
  • on-premises licence relating to accommodation premises, an airport or catering service;
  • small bar licence;
  • limited licence (multi-function);
  • hotel licence that was formerly a community liquor licence;
  • a hotel or club licence that​ meets the criteria for a tourist accommodation exemption (for more information, see below); or 
  • licensed premises that meets the criteria for a remote population exemption (for more information, see below).


Tourist accommodation exemption

Hotels and clubs eligible for the tourist accommodation trading hours risk loading exemption must notify L&GNSW of their eligibility using an online notification form by Wednesday, 15 March 2017.

Note: If you have notified L&GNSW of your eligibility in previous years, you do not need to submit an online form again.

A hotel or club that provides tourist accommodation is not required to pay a trading hours risk loading fee where the hotel or club meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • provides accommodation in at least 20 rooms or self-contained suites (other than dormitory-style accommodation),
  • provides beverages, meals and other associated services to residents and guests, and
  • bars only operate after midnight primarily to sell or supply liquor to residents and their guests, or persons attending a function or conference by invitation-only e.g. weddings or work conferences.

The trading hours risk loading fee is payable under the annual liquor licence fee if the hotel or club is authorised to sell or supply liquor to the broader general public after midnight on a regular basis.

Remote population exemption​

Liquor licensees in remote or regional locations are not​ required to pay a trading hours risk loading fee if the licensed premises meets ALL of the following criteria:

  • in a regional locality of less than 1,000 people,​ with no large transient population,
  • more than 5km by road from a town of 1,000 to 5,000 people; and
  • more than 20km by road from a larger town or city (over 5,000 people).

If you think you are eligible for a remote population trading hours fee exemption, but this has not been reflected in your annual liquor licence fee notice, please apply for a reassessment of your fee (applications open on 6 April 2017). 

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