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Effective date: 23 October 2009Last amended: 23 February 2021Next review: 23 February 2023
This policy guideline is designed to provide accurate and authoritative 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.
The Liquor Control Act 1988 (the Act) sets out the fundamental trading conditions for each class of licence with sections 98 to 98H of the Act providing the permitted trading hours.
Under section 60 of the Act the licensing authority may grant an extended trading permit (ETP) authorising the licensee to sell and supply liquor in circumstances to which the licence would not otherwise apply. In addition, section 63 of the Act empowers
the licensing authority, to vary any term or condition imposed on a licence.
An application for an ETP, or to vary or cancel a condition of a licence must be considered on its own merits, and therefore, the onus is on the licensee to demonstrate the merits of their application.
This policy provides guidance as to the circumstances in which permits or variations to licence conditions may be considered. This list of circumstances is not exhaustive, please contact the department on 61 8 6551 4888 if you require further information
in relation to your particular circumstances.
This policy should be read in conjunction with the Director’s policies on:
Restaurant licences may seek an ETP to authorise the sale and supply of liquor at a private function being held on the licensed premises where no meal is being supplied.
With the exception of a 'grand opening' and New Year’s Eve functions, permits will generally not be granted where the licensee is seeking to host a function that is open to the public.
Applications will generally be considered where a patron has approached the licensee to hold a private function, for example: a birthday/wedding anniversary celebration, wedding reception or fashion launch/parade.
Generally, no more than twenty four (24) permits of this kind may be issued in a twelve (12) month period. Applicants should refer to Extended Trading Permits — Restaurants Holding Finger Food/Cocktail Functions for further information.
This list in not exhaustive and other criteria may be relevant.
A licensee seeking an approval under these provisions will be required to meet the following criteria:
For events where over 500 patrons are expected to attend a copy of the management plan for the event maybe required.
Important: applications must be submitted in accordance with the minimum timeframes specified in the table below. Failure to do so is likely to result in the application being refused.
Application kits containing the lodgement guide and all the required forms can be downloaded from the department’s website or by contacting the department on 61 8 6551 4888
Do not submit enquiries with this form.