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Guidance for licensees on how to apply for an extended trading permit.
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This information explains the types of ongoing extended trading permits (ETP) available under the Liquor Control Act 1988 (the Act). To be read in conjunction with the relevant policies available on our website.
All information is entered directly into the online form unless specified otherwise. Please note any Director’s policy or forms.
No additional information is required for Liquor without a Meal (restricted to 120 persons or less) or Late Delivery.
Effective date: 3 February 2012Last amended: 18 June 2020 Next review: June 2022
This policy 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.
Section 50 of the Liquor Control Act 1988 (“the Act‟) authorises a restaurant licence to sell and supply liquor for consumption on the licensed premises only ancillary to a meal supplied by the licensee and eaten by the patron on the licensed premises.
A ‘meal’ is defined by the Act as food:
but does include any food prescribed by the Liquor Control Regulations 1989 not to be a meal.
When read as a whole, the provisions of the Act in relation to restaurants (that is; sections 50 to 53) mean that the business conducted under a restaurant licence must consist primarily and predominantly of the regular supply to customers of meals to
be eaten on the premises, by patrons seated at a dining table or fixed structure used for dining.
Section 60(4)(f) provides the purposes for which an extended trading permit may be issued to a restaurant in respect of a function where no meal is being supplied.
This policy provides guidance as to the circumstances in which permits may be considered for restaurants that are holding finger food or cocktail style functions. This policy should be read in conjunction with the Director’s policies on Extended
Trading Permits – Hours and or Area for ‘One-off’ Events or Functions and Extended Trading Permits – Restaurants to Sell and Supply Liquor Without a Meal.
Restaurant licences may seek a permit 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 12 month period.
Ongoing extended trading permits (ETPs) are designed to extend trading conditions in accordance with the permit. Applicants with an existing liquor licence can complete an online application form for these types of permanent extensions. The online form is designed to be intuitive; it will change to reflect the options you select as you proceed. This process will provide greater visibility of the overall application process to all applicants and aims to reduce determination times.
In order to access this application you have to log in to the account that is linked to the permanent liquor licence. You will not be able to complete this application form using a new account or an account that is linked to a different licensee/entity.
The department is committed to ensuring that information on our website is widely accessible. If you require a manual copy of the new application form to be emailed or posted to you, please contact the department on 61 8 6551 4888.
Please note that the time taken to process an application will vary depending on a range of factors including the complexity of the application, advertising times and any objections which may be raised.
Applications for ongoing extended trading permits must be lodged under an account that is linked to an existing liquor licence, specifically the one you are intending to extend.
Please refer to the following steps to lodge your application:
Log in to your existing account to start this process.
If you are an existing licensee, but do not yet have an online account, please set up a new account and select ‘No’ that you are not a current licence holder, then register the account. Please email your new Username to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can connect your new account to your existing liquor licence. Please note - if the person emailing the username is not part of the licensee entity (eg employee) they will need to also email authority from the licensee authorising the request being made.
Now that you are set up with an account you can start the application.
The application form will open onto an Instructions page which explains how to use the form. Read through each question carefully and remember to save your form often.
This form is designed to be intuitive, when you answer a question it will change the form to allow you to provide more information. Please be sure to give the pages a few moments to update when you select an option in case it needs to create more fields for you to fill out.
If you do not have the information required at hand you can save your form and return to it later via the My Account page. Clicking on Save will create a link on the My Account page under Saved Forms. You can click on Resume to proceed or Delete to remove the saved form.
If you wish to keep a copy of the application form for your records you can only do this prior to submitting the application. Clicking on the PDF button will create a PDF of the application form in its current state for you to save to your computer.
Upon submission of the form click on the Pay Fee button to view the payment options and make payment.
Payment for online lodgement can be made online via BPOINT. To pay via any other method, including BPay, please click the View Quote button. This will generate a quote with payment details and your unique application number.
Please make sure to quote the Application Reference Number when submitting any enquiries or manual documents in relation to this application.
When the fee is paid the date of lodgement will be the date the payment is receipted by the licensing authority. It generally takes 1-2 business days for the fee to register on our system. Please be aware that we will be unable to issue you with an official receipt until the fee has fully registered. When you make payment online you will instead be offered a payment confirmation slip which you can retain as evidence of payment if required.
For a full list of the fees and charges please refer to the fees and charges page.
If your application is submitted successfully, you will be emailed an acknowledgment letter. This will confirm that the department has received your application; it will also outline any further information required for this application and the date by which it must be submitted.
Do not submit enquiries with this form.