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Which licence do I need?

There are seven types of liquor licence in NSW. Which licence is right for you depends on what business or activity you wish to run.

  • Club licence 
    For clubs that meet the requirements of the Registered Clubs Act 1976 and want to sell alcohol to club members or their guests and operate gaming machines.
  • Hotel licence 
    - For venues that want to sell alcohol for consumption on the premises, provide takeaway sales, and operate gaming machines.
     - Hotel licence (general bar)
    For venues that want to sell alcohol to the public for consumption on the premises but do not want to sell takeaway liquor or operate gaming machines.
  • Limited licence
    - Single or multiple functions
    For non-profit organisations, such as an amateur sports club, community group or charity, that want to sell alcohol at functions.
    - Special event or trade fair
    For persons or organisations that want to sell alcohol for consumption at a special event or trade fair.
  • On-premises licence 
    For venues that want to sell alcohol for consumption with, or ancillary to, another product or service.
  • Packaged liquor licence 
    For venues that want to sell takeaway liquor to the public through a bottle shop or liquor store, or via home delivery by telephone, mail order or the internet.
  • Producer/wholesaler licence 
    For liquor producers (including winemakers, brewers or distillers) or wholesalers that want to sell alcohol to individuals or businesses who hold a liquor licence.
  • Small bar licence 
    For small venues with a patron capacity of 100​ people or less that want to sell alcohol for consumption on the premises but do not want to sell takeaway liquor or operat​e gaming machines.

Help and advice

Consider your requirements carefully; read the fact sheets (on each licence information page).

Do you need a liquor licence?

You may not need a liquor licence. For example, in some situations, you don't need a liquor licence to sell alcohol in bed and breakfast establishments, retirement villages or nursing homes, or at small functions held by non-profit organisations.