Limited licence – one-off or short term functions

LIQUOR LICENSING > LIMITED LICENCE


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

A limited licence is also required if the event is at a private venue and/or where guests pay a cover charge and alcohol is provided.

All applications for a limited licence must be lodged with Consumer and Business Services at least 14 days before the event’s start date. The application must be accompanied by the application fee and required documents (as necessary).

Please be advised a hard copy application form will no longer be available or accepted by Consumer and Business Services from 1 January 2017
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If you are lodging an application less than 14 days before your event date you must read Advice to Applicants – Late Lodgement and Processing Times before you proceed.

Lodgement of your application does not mean your application will be granted. You will be notified of the outcome of your application to the address provided in your application. For more information about which type of Limited Licence you require, please refer to one of the Fact Sheets below.

Variations to limited licences may be made with the prescribed fee.

Download Signage for Limited Licence Events (Section 113: Notice to Minors) 

  • Any person organising or hosting a party, function or event where alcohol will be served.
  • An existing licensee who wants to temporarily change or extend their trading rights. For example to:(a) extend trading hours(b) extend trading area(c) permit entertainment on the premises where entertainment consent is not already in place.

Large or high risk events such as shows, exhibitions and festivals – at least 60 days before the first day of the event.

All other applications – at least 14 days before the date of the event.

CBS will need time to fully assess your application and may contact you for further information before the licence is granted. Plan ahead and lodge your application in good time before the date of the event. A late application fee will apply.

There is no guarantee that you will be granted a licence if your application is late.

If you are lodging your application less than 14 days before your event date you must read Advice to Applicants – Late Lodgement and Processing Times

Limited Licence Application Fee

Application Fee

An application fee is payable for each day of the event.  Application fees may be waived for charitable or other community organisations/events.

Licence Fees

For large commercial or high risk events, a licence fee as well as the application fee – may be payable.

Licence Fee Changes
On 30 October 2014, the Liquor Licensing (General) Regulations 2012 were amended to reflect an improved process and a new fee structure for limited licence applications with multiple applicants.

The amended regulations introduce a new process that requires just one application to be lodged listing all the participating stallholders as applicants which is then processed as one application and a single licence is granted. This new practice reduces red tape for event organisers and stallholders as well as creating significant processing efficiencies in CBS.

A new tiered fee structure has also been introduced to discount fees where there are multiple applications for the same venue.

An amendment fee has also been introduced to cover the administrative costs of CBS processing an amendment to a granted limited licence. This includes changes to operating hours, capacities or the number of required security officers.

An application fee is not required for a limited licence if, in the Commissioner’s opinion, the event is for a charitable or community purpose.

Online applications – pay online using the online payment facility.

Application form – include your payment with your application form.

High risk events – an invoice will be sent once your licence has been granted. The fee must be paid before the event commences or the licence will be cancelled.

Small outdoor functions

You may need to provide additional information:

  • Council consent and landlord’s approval in writing
  • views of the local police
  • a sketch plan outlining the area for the event
  • number of toilets to be provided
  • type of entertainment proposed
  • details of public liability insurance
  • details of any licensed security to be employed.

CBS will contact you if more information is needed.

Large or outdoor functions, commercial and high risk events

You may need to provide additional information:

  • council consent and landlord’s approval in writing
  • views of the local police
  • a sketch plan outlining the area where the licence is required
  • public liability insurance details
  • risk and emergency procedures
  • details of any licensed security or approved crowd controllers to be employed for the function
  • number of toilets to be provided
  • type of entertainment proposed
  • details of any marquee to be erected
  • details of safety equipment to be provided
  • any details of medical/first aid, ambulance services, etc
  • provision of free drinking water.

CBS will contact you if more information is needed.

Dry areas

If your event is to be held in a declared dry area you will need to obtain written consent from the local council and a map of the venue. Both documents need to be submitted with your application.

Glass containers and outdoor functions

Liquor cannot be sold or supplied in glass containers for outdoor functions unless specific approval is given by CBS.

Email: limitedlicences@agd.sa.gov.au

Phone: 131 882

Fax: 08 8204 9697

Postal address: Licensing & Registration, Consumer & Business Services, GPO Box 2169, Adelaide SA 5001

In person: Customer Service Centre, 91 Grenfell Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Opening hours: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays)