Alteration/redefinition

Requirements when applying for an alteration or redefinition of the licensed premises.

When a liquor licence is granted an area is defined in red on plans relating to the premises, which the sale, supply and consumption of liquor must occur. If the licensee wishes to change this licensed area they must submit an application for Alteration/Redefinition and receive approval by the licensing authority prior to any changes taking place.

Common changes made to a licensed area that require an alteration/redefinition application include:

  • building changes or new structures;
  • interior refurbishments or alterations (other than cosmetic changes);
  • redefinition of licensed area;
  • changing the use of an area; and
  • addition of toilets to increase number of persons permitted in venue.

An application for alteration/redefinition of a licensed premises can be made by either the licensee or owner of the premises.

The licensing authority will generally only accept complete applications. Therefore, please ensure that all documentation is provided with your application to avoid delays.
This is meant to be read in conjunction with the Director’s Standards of licensed premises policy.

When an alteration/redefinition doesn't apply

Cosmetic changes that do not alter the licensed area or the fixtures and fittings specified on the defined plans.

Lodging the application

Applicants must lodge completed applications at the department. An application should be made using the forms provided below.

Department staff will be available between 8.30 am and 4.00 pm to assess your application to ensure that it meets the legislative requirements prior to lodgement.

Application fees

The application fee must be lodged with the application. Please refer to the fee schedule below. Please note that the application cannot be examined until the fee is received. Generally, the application fee is not refundable, even if the application is refused or withdrawn.

Add, vary or cancel a condition of a licence or permit
Fee description Fee
Permanent club restricted licence
$45
Permanent of any other type of licence
$245
One-off (for a period of 21 days or less) club restricted licence
$45
One-off (for a period of 21 days or less) any other licence type if the anticipated number of patrons is up to 500
$113
One-off (for a period of 21 days or less) any other licence type if the anticipated number of patrons 501 to 1000$232
One-off (for a period of 21 days or less) any other licence type if the anticipated number of patrons 1001 to 5000
$1173
One-off (for a period of 21 days or less) any other licence type if the anticipated number of patrons 5001 to 10,000
$2349
One-off (for a period of 21 days or less) any other licence type if the anticipated number of patrons over 10,000$4709
Alteration or redefinition of a licensed premises$411

With respect to a One-off Extended Trading Permit application or Add, Vary or Cancel a condition of licence application sought for a function or event that takes place over a number of dates, the fee will be calculated based upon the total maximum number of persons expected to be present in the licensed area at any one time for each date. For example: if a function or event runs for 2 days and the maximum number of persons expected to be present in the licensed area at any one time is 300, then the fee will be calculated on an attendance of 300 for each date and will be $232.

Plans and specifications requirements

Plans of the proposed premises are required to be lodged with the application in order for the licensing authority to define the area in which the sale, supply and in some cases, the consumption of liquor will occur if the licence is granted.

Plans and specifications

Lodgement

Other documents that may be required

Downloads

Submitting your application

Ensure all required documentation is attached to your application.

In person

Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

Level 2, Gordon Stephenson House, 140 William Street Perth WA 6000

By email

Ensure all documentation is attached to your email.

rgl@dlgsc.wa.gov.au

By post

Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

PO Box 8349
Perth Business Centre
WA 6849

Disclaimer

This information is designed to provide 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.

Page reviewed 29 July 2019