Conversion from a Club Restricted to Club licence

Requirements when converting licences for clubs.

Pursuant to section 63(ca) of the Liquor Control Act1988 (the Act), the licensing authority may remove the restrictions on a club restricted licence so that it can be converted to a club licence. Where a holder of a club restricted licence seeks to remove the restrictions imposed on that licence so that it operates as a club licence, an application to convert to a club licence is necessary.

In essence, the difference between a club restricted licence and a club licence is that a club restricted licence cannot sell packaged liquor to members, the trading hours are determined by the Director rather than specified by the Act and all liquor must be purchased from any retail or wholesale liquor outlet authorised to sell packaged liquor (other than the holder of a club licence).

Please note that penalty provisions apply to any person that does not comply with the requirements of the Act.

The licensing authority will generally only accept complete applications. Therefore, please ensure that all documentation is provided with your application to avoid delays.

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

Public interest test

In the case of an application to convert to a club licence, the applicant may be required to demonstrate that the application is in the public interest, having regard to the likely health and social impacts on the community and sub-groups within the community. The applicant will be advised during the processing of the application.

The public interest test will require that the applicant satisfy the licensing authority by way of a public interest assessment that it is in the public interest for the application to be granted.

Advertising

In respect of applications for the conversion from a club restricted licence to a club licence, the applicant may be required to:

  • Undertake a letter drop to residents and businesses within a 200 metre radius of the proposed premises (200m radius of the perimeter of the playing fields/ovals), giving notice of the application and the intended manner of trade. This letter must be delivered on the first day of the advertising period and must identify the last date by which objections may be lodged with the licensing authority.
  • In the case of an application for the conversion from a club restricted licence to a club licence, a 14 day advertising period may apply or such other period as determined by the licensing authority.
  • Serve notice of the application and intended manner of trade on all: schools and educational institutions; hospitals; hospices; aged care facilities; any drug and alcohol treatment centres; any short term accommodation or refuges for young people; child care centres; churches; any local government authority; and any local police stations, which may be situated in the specified locality of the proposed premises. This notice must be served on the first day of the advertising period and must identify the last date by which objections may be lodged with the licensing authority.
  • Where applicable, serve notice of the application and intended manner of trade on any local Aboriginal community, and where applicable, on a regional office of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. This notice must be served on the first day of the advertising period and must identify the last date by which objections may be lodged with the licensing authority.
  • Advertise the application on the site of the premises for a 14 day period or such other period as determined by the licensing authority.
  • Make a copy of the Public Interest Assessment submissions available for public inspection at the place that has been identified in the letter drop and notice served to the parties in point 2 and 3 above.

Objections

Objections may be lodged in respect of an application for the grant of a club licence and club restricted licence.

Where an objection is lodged against an application, it may be determined on the papers or by a formal hearing before the Director or alternatively, the Liquor Commission.

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.

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