Liquor licensing

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Consumer and Business Services (CBS) is responsible for administering the Liquor Licensing Act 1997 in South Australia. The purpose of the Act is to regulate and control the sale, supply and consumption of liquor for the benefit of related industries and the South Australian public.

In this section you will find links to information, forms and fact sheets as well as other tools relating to Liquor Licensing in South Australia.

For more information on other licence classes (i.e. Restaurants, hotels etc) please see our new applicants section.

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Liquor licensing > LIMITED (EVENT) LICENCE

If you are organising or hosting a party, function or event where alcohol will be sold, you may need to apply for a limited licence.

You can also view a list of upcoming large limited licences.


Liquor licensing reforms > ENTERTAINMENT CONSENT

From 20 December 2015 licensed premises will be able to provide live entertainment between 11am and midnight without applying for consent from the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner or Licensing Court (the licensing authority).

These changes will provide a new simpler process by reducing red tape and costs to businesses. Licensees will still be required to apply for consent from the licensing authority to provide entertainment outside of those hours, or where prescribed entertainment is provided.  Please note that existing licensees will not be required to do anything, unless they currently provide prescribed entertainment.

The Changes to Entertainment Consent fact sheet provides further information.


The revised Late Night Code took effect on 1 February 2016 and applies to venues that trade past 12 am, 2 am and 3 am, with various safety measures applying at different times throughout the evening.

There is no change to the existing 3 am Late Night Restricted Entry (‘lock-out’).

Late Night Trading Code of Practice webpage provides more information about the changes.

Liquor licensing reforms > REVIEW OF SA LIQUOR LAWS

Please click here for the latest update on the review of SA’s liquor licencing laws.