Effective date: 10 May 1999
Last amended: 18 June 2020
Next review: June 2022
This policy guideline is designed to provide information in regard to the subject matter covered, and with the understanding that the Director of Liquor Licensing is not passing legal opinion or interpretation or other professional advice. The information
is provided on the understanding that all persons undertake responsibility for assessing the relevance and accuracy of its contents.
This document provides guidance on the legislative requirements relating to extended trading permits for non-member functions and the circumstances that the licensing authority may have regard to when considering applications for these permits.
Licensees should also refer to the policy on Extended Trading Permits for One-Off Events or Functions in conjunction with Information Bulletin No. 14.
Section 48(2) of the of the Liquor Control Act 1988 provides that a club licence authorises the sale and supply of liquor to club members and to the guests of members.
In addition, section 48(2A) provides that a club licence authorises the sale and supply of liquor to a visitor for consumption on the licensed premises if the sale does not contravene the rules of the club. A visitor is defined as a person who:
- is at least 40 km or, if a greater distance is prescribed for the purposes of this paragraph, at least that distance from their usual place of residence; and
- is visiting the club while travelling in the course of a holiday or travelling for leisure or business; and
- is required, at the time of their visit, to pay a fee to the club for the use of its facilities.
Clubs are required to make available an up to date register of visitors continually available for inspection at the club premises.
Pursuant to section 60 of the Liquor Control Act 1988, on application by the licensee, the licensing authority may grant an extended trading permit authorising the licensee to sell and supply liquor under the licence, according to the tenor of a permit,
in circumstances to which that licence would not otherwise apply.
Section 60(4)(cb) specifically identifies that one of the purposes for which a permit may be granted is to authorise the sale and supply of liquor by club and club restricted licences, to persons who are not members (or genuine guests of a member)
of the club for a special occasion or function. For example, an open day, or function such as a wedding reception held by a non-member.
As this type of extended trading permit allows clubs to sell and supply liquor to the general public, the function or event to be held must not conflict with the rules of the club’s constitution.
Generally speaking, a club will be able to apply for up to 24 permits to sell and supply liquor to non-members in any 12-month period. Approval of these 24 events can be sought in advance in one application. However, where a club
makes more applications within a 12-month period, the onus will be on the club to demonstrate that the grant of the additional permit(s) will be in the public interest.
Lodging an application
An application for an extended trading permit under section 60(4)(cb) will be required to meet the following criteria:
- Applications must be submitted well in advance of the proposed function date. Regulation 14AC of the Liquor Control Regulations 1989 identifies the minimum lodgement periods.
- A request to trade outside the permitted hours or the area of the licensed premises will require consent of the premises owner and local council.
- Payment of the prescribed application fee as outlined in Schedule 3 of the Liquor Control Regulations 1989.
- Lodgement of a Form 7A Notice of Application for Extended Trading Permit for Non-Members.
- Applications for ‘non-members permits’ in excess of 24 permits in a 12-month period must be accompanied by written submissions demonstrating why the grant of further permits is in the public interest.