Small Venue Licence


Small Venue Licence


A small venue licence is available in South Australia to support small businesses such as bars, restaurants, art galleries and live music venues.

It’s important to note that this licence is only available within the central business district, but it may be extended to include other areas in the future.

The small venue licence aims to provide flexibility and a new streamlined process for small venue licence applications.

This is to encourage entrepreneurs to develop small businesses without the potential difficulties and costs associated with existing licences. It also aims to encourage small venues to host live music.

Allowing licensed small venues will help make Adelaide a more vibrant and interesting place.

For more information read the Small venue licence fact sheet (PDF 50KB).


A case management service to support the licensing process for entrepreneurs looking to establish a new small venue in the Adelaide Central Business District is offered by the Department of Transport, Planning and Infrastructure in collaboration with Consumer and Business Services, South Australian Police and Adelaide City Council.

More information about the new small venue licence in operation service is provided on

How to apply

Lodgement guide – information on making an application for a liquor licence

Apply for a small venue licence by completing either:

Small venue licence online application

Small venue licence application (PDF 123KB).

Additional information Form