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Liquor Licensing

Liquor Licensing

Liquor License WA

Liquor licenses are regulated by State law. There are approximately 11 different types of liquor license available in Western Australia. Each license varies on permitted trading hours and the manner in which liquor can be sold and supplied. Businesses that may require a liquor license include clubs, hotels, liquor stores, nightclubs, restaurants, small bars and producers and wholesalers of liquor.

Given the complexity of liquor licensing, it is helpful to engage a lawyer who can give you advice on the type of license to apply for, and the costs associated with such license application. It can be a critical component to your business and it is important that you understand it.

Our lawyers can provide advice for those seeking or managing liquor licenses, including:

  • Advice on restaurant, catering and nightclub liquor licensing laws
  • Advice on handling offences under the Liquor Act
  • Advice on managing the risks involved in being a licensee, including occupational health and safety concerns and public liability concerns
  • Applying for a liquor license
  • Transfer of a liquor license
  • Removal of a liquor license
  • Liquor license conversions
  • Variations to liquor license conditions such as change of trading hours, change to area or size of the premises, or change of the general conditions of the license
  • Public interest assessment
  • Suspension or infringement of liquor license
  • Liquor license compliance


How to apply for a liquor license?

Applications for a liquor license can be submitted with the Racing, Gaming and Liquor section of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

How long does it take for a liquor license to be approved?

This depends on the type of license. It can take between 3-6 months from preparation to submission to license approval.

How much does it cost to apply for a liquor license?

Fees vary depending on the type of liquor license. Applications fees for a liquor license can be found on the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries website.

Our fees are additional depending on the type of license. For an obligation-free total cost estimate, please contact us.

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