New liquor licence


This section contains details and links to information and forms to apply for liquor licences.

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Recent Decisions

Some of the issues that may influence which licence is right for you include:

The licence time period Do you require the licence for a one-off occasion, a limited period or an ongoing basis?

Where the alcohol will be consumed | Consider whether the alcohol is to be consumed on the licensed premises or taken away.

Council requirements as to land use | The local council can place restrictions on how premises may be lawfully used. Your proposed use of the premises must adhere to these restrictions.

Your business intentions | For example, do you intend to open a bar or nightclub, a pub with a bottle shop or merely supply alcohol at your club’s functions?

Further authorisations | For example, do you intend to provide entertainment such as bands or DJ’s? Do you have an outdoor area that is on council land? See the additional authorisations section below to see what further approvals you may need.

Look at the section below and find the licence that best reflects the way you want to be authorised to supply alcohol. You will then be guided to the most appropriate licence application procedure.

There are 13 different categories of liquor licence in South Australia. If you are not sure about which licence is right for you, this table will help guide you to the right licence category:

LICENCE TYPES DESCRIPTION
Club Select this section for clubs that want to supply liquor to members and the general public (e.g. sporting club, membership club, etc).
Direct Sales A direct sales licence authorises the sale of liquor at any time where the purchaser orders the liquor by mail, telephone, Fax, internet and any other electronic communication.  
Entertainment Venue This licence allows licensees to sell liquor in the licensed premises for consumption on the licensed premises at a time when live entertainment is provided on the licensed premises (e.g. night clubs).  
Hotel A hotel licence authorises the sale of liquor for consumption on and off the licensed premises.  
Limited Club A limited club licence authorises the sale of liquor to members and guests of members (e.g. sporting club, membership club, etc).  
Limited Licence If you are holding a one-off event, or a limited series of events, or you have an existing licence or authorisation and need to extend your trading hours for a special event.  
Producers A producer’s licence authorises the sale of liquor produced by the licensee (e.g. cellar doors, microbreweries).  
Restaurant A restaurant licence authorises the sale and consumption of liquor on the premises at any time with or ancillary to a meal (e.g. cafe, restaurant).  
Retail Liquor Merchant If you want to sell packaged liquor on a retail basis for people to consume away from the licensed premises (e.g. bottle shops).  
Residential A residential licence authorises the sale of liquor on the licensed premises at any time to a lodger for consumption on or off the licensed premises (e.g. motels, hostels, caravan parks etc).  
Small Venue For small bars, restaurants, art galleries and the like located in the central business district with a maximum capacity of 120 patrons.  
Special Circumstances An application for a special circumstances licence can be made when no other class of licence suits the proposed style of business (e.g. boats and vessels, caterers, limousines).  
Wholesale Liquor Merchant Select this section if you want to supply alcohol on a wholesale basis to other licensees.  

Criteria to be Satisfied

The licensing authority must be satisfied that if the application was granted it would be unlikely to result in undue offence, annoyance, disturbance, or inconvenience. The licensee must also implement appropriate harm minimisation strategies.

Help Lodging an Application

Applicants may wish to contact a solicitor or relevant industry association before making an application.

How to Apply

All the relevant forms and other documentation will need to be lodged meeting the minimum requirements when making an application.

Once the minimum requirements and documents have been received by Consumer and Business Services, applicants will be informed of the hearing date for the application.

Minimum Requirements

An application must include the following:

  • Application for an Entertainment Consent
  • Application fee – including government gazette fee for advertising
  • Notice of advertisement
    • Form 1 Notice – the Form 2 Notice will be sent once the application has been lodged
  • Two plans of the proposed licensed premises

A hearing date will not be set until all of these documents have been received.

Further Requirements

The following documents are required to be lodged at least seven days before the date of the hearing or your application may be delayed.

  • Proof that the application has been advertised:
    • A copy of the page where the advertisement appears in The Advertiser
    • A copy of the page where the advertisement appears in the local newspaper (e.g. Messenger)
    • A copy of the notice that you have given to the local council
    • A copy of the notice that has been given to the occupiers of adjacent premises or land

Other Documentation Required Only if Relevant to the Application

  • If the applicant does not own the freehold:
    • A letter of consent from the landlord
  • If specifically requested:
    • Copy of Certificate of Title
  • Any other relevant approvals, consents or exemptions
    • (e.g. Department of Transport, Urban Lands Trust, Marine & Harbours, etc.)
  • Any agreed conditions by interested parties
  • Any other necessary Council consents

An extension of licensed trading area requires approval by the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner as described in Section 69 of the Liquor Licensing Act 1997.

Applications must be made by the licensee and in the case of a licensed club the supporting committee resolution is required (i.e. minutes of the committee meeting showing agreement for extension of trading area).

An Extension of Trading Area

An extension of trading area approval allows for the inclusion of areas adjacent to licensed premises. For example, this approval can be obtained for the licensing of footpaths and outdoor areas that are adjacent to the licensed premises or under control of the local council.

When Approval is required

Approval is required if an additional area beyond the property boundary is to be licensed. The approval will allow the sale of liquor for consumption in the area under the authority of the existing licence.

If uncertain whether approval is necessary, it is advisable to contact us to discuss the proposal. It is an offence to supply liquor in the vicinity of licensed premises under Section 46(2) of the Liquor Licensing Act, 1997.

Contacting Local Councils

Applicants will need to contact their local council to obtain separate approval for the use of areas under council control such as footpaths. Many councils use a permit system where conditions are set and an annual fee is payable.

A copy of the agreement and any conditions imposed must accompany the application to the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner. The council approval will also need to specify that the consent includes sale of liquor for consumption within the specified area

Help with an Application

Applicants may wish to contact a solicitor or relevant industry association before making an application.

Minimum Requirements

An application must include the following:

  • Application for Extension of Trading Area form
  • Application fee
  • Notice of advertisement:
    • Form 1 Notice – the Form 2 Notice will be sent once the application has been lodged
  • Two plans of the proposed licensed premises

Other Documentation Required Only if Relevant to the Application

  • Extract from club committee minutes supporting the decision to apply
  • Any other required planning, development or building approvals

Criteria to be Satisfied

The licensing authority must be satisfied that if the application was granted it would be unlikely to result in undue offence, annoyance, disturbance, or inconvenience. The licensee must also implement appropriate harm minimisation strategies.

Help Lodging an Application

Applicants may wish to contact a solicitor or relevant industry association before making an application.

How to Apply

All the relevant forms and other documentation will need to be lodged meeting the minimum requirements when making an application.

Once the minimum requirements and documents have been received by Consumer and Business Services, applicants will be informed of the hearing date for the application.

Minimum Requirements

An application must include the following:

  • Application for an Extended Trading Authorisation form
  • Application fee – including government gazette fee for advertising
  • Notice of advertisement
    • Form 1 Notice – the Form 2 Notice will be sent once the application has been lodged
  • Two plans of the proposed licensed premises

A hearing date will not be set until all of these documents have been received.

Further Requirements

The following documents are required to be lodged at least seven days before the date of the hearing or your application may be delayed.

  • Proof that the application has been advertised:
    • A copy of the page where the advertisement appears in The Advertiser
    • A copy of the page where the advertisement appears in the local newspaper (e.g. Messenger)
    • A copy of the notice that you have given to the local council
    • A copy of the notice that has been given to the occupiers of adjacent premises or land

Other Documentation Required Only if Relevant to the Application

  • If the applicant does not own the freehold:
    • A letter of consent from the landlord
  • If specifically requested:
    • Copy of Certificate of Title
  • Any other relevant approvals, consents or exemptions
    • (e.g. Department of Transport, Urban Lands Trust, Marine & Harbours, etc.)
  • Any agreed conditions by interested parties
  • Any other necessary Council consents

Responsible Person Requirement

Every business with a liquor licence is required to have an approved responsible person supervising and managing the premises during operating times, unless an exemption from that requirement has been approved.

Exemption from the Responsible Person Requirement

Section 97(2) of the Liquor Licensing Act 1997 allows for an exemption or conditional exemption from the requirement to have a responsible person supervising and managing the premises. The licensee must make an application and indicate whether the exemption is to apply at all times or during nominated times (conditional exemption) and whether alternative arrangements will be made for the supervision and management of the business. For example, arrangements could be made to have a responsible person contactable by phone at any time the premises are operating.

Criteria to be Satisfied When Applying for a Responsible Person Exemption

The licensing authority must be satisfied that, in view of the limited scope of the business conducted under the licence, the exemption would not compromise the responsible service and consumption principles of the Liquor Licensing Act, 1997.

Applicants should provide information supporting the application, for example:

  • Details of the value of the sales of liquor over the past financial year
  • Evidence that there is or will be a limited number of people attending the premises for the consumption of liquor
  • Evidence that there is or will be limited public access to the premises
  • Details of the size and nature of the operations of the business, including trading hours

How to Apply

Applicants must complete the Responsible Person Exemption form and provide the details listed above. There is no application fee.

If further information is required contact us.

Depending on the type of licence you are applying for, you may wish to consider applying for the designation of an area.

Download Application form

Designated dining area

The designation of a dining area allows the sale of liquor at any time to a diner for consumption with or ancillary to a meal provided by the licensee in that area.

The following licence types may apply:
Club, Entertainment Venue, Hotel, Limited Club, Producers, Residential, Small Venue, Special Circumstances

Designated reception area

The designation of a reception area allows the sale of liquor at any time to a person attending a reception for consumption in that area.

The following licence types may apply:
Club, Entertainment Venue, Hotel, Limited Club, Producers, Residential, Small Venue, Special Circumstances

Designated sampling area

The designation of a sampling area allows the sale or supply of liquor by way of sample for consumption on a part of the licensed premises approved for that purpose. Where the licence is operational from a home office, it is suggested that the applicant speak with the local council first to see what their development and planning approvals permit.

The following licence types may apply:
Retail Liquor Merchant, Producers, Special Circumstances, Wholesale Liquor Merchant’s Licence

Consumption on premises

If the conditions of the licence so provide—to sell liquor for consumption on the licensed premises, approved for the purposes by the licensing authority subject to restrictions specified by the licensing authority by condition of licence.

The following licence types may apply:

  • Producers (licensee’s own product)
  • Wholesale Liquor Merchant
  • Retail Liquor Merchant

New gambling licence


Consumer and Business Services administers the Gaming Machines Act 1992The Act aims to ensure that holders of gaming machine licences conduct their business in a responsible manner so as to minimise the harm caused by problem gambling.

Gaming machine licences available in South Australia:

  • Gaming Machine Dealers licence
  • Gaming Machine Service licence
  • Gaming Machine Monitor licence

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Lodging an application

Any application that relates to the Casino and/or Casino precinct (Liquor or Gaming applications) to be lodged at the dedicated email address: casapps@sa.gov.au.

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New trade promotion licence


Consumer and Business Services ensures lotteries conducted are fair and equal to all those who participate and that they are conducted in accordance with the Lottery and Gaming Act 1936 and the Lottery and Gaming Regulations 2008. The Lottery and Gaming Act 1936 protects the public from nuisance lotteries and other forms of gambling by prohibiting all lotteries and gambling unless otherwise authorized or exempt by legislation.

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