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Types of liquor licenses
Applications for liquor licenses are made through the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR). There are several types of liquor licenses that you can apply for including:
- On-Premises liquor licence, where you want to serve and have customers consume alcohol at your venue;
- Restaurant and cafe liquor licence, where your customers will be eating food with their alcohol;
- Packaged liquor licence, which is required if you want to sell packaged alcohol in your store. Under this licence, the alcohol can’t be consumed by your customers on your property, and there are specific requirements regarding when you can have tastings and the area where you sell alcohol; and
- A temporary liquor licence can be applied for if you want to serve alcohol at an event like a conference, theatre production or awards night.
Planning for a liquor licence
Depending on the type of liquor licence you’re applying for, you may need to provide information about the area where you’re planning on selling alcohol. This may include a planning permit with your local council and a plan of your premises. These documents will become part of your liquor licensing application and must include some very specific information including:
- The address and surrounding area;
- The defined boundary of the property;
- Floor plans showing where you’re planning on serving and consuming alcohol; and
- Other fixtures and fittings like the bar, kitchen and shelving areas.
You may also be required to complete an accredited training course before your liquor licence is granted.