Liquor licences

Apply for a one-off event or limited liquor licence

You must apply for a limited licence if you will be selling or supplying alcohol at a party, function or special event.


This licence allows you to sell alcohol:

  • at private and public venues or events
  • where guests pay a cover charge or donation and alcohol is served
  • where guests contribute towards buying alcohol - eg social club fees
  • if samples are offered with the intention of selling alcohol
  • if alcohol is provided at a business function where the organiser would obtain a financial benefit - eg a business holding function with the intent of increasing or maintaining client base
  • if alcohol will be consumed at a regulated location or premises, even if liquor is not sold - eg:
    • a restaurant, cafe or shop
    • a bus, train or boat - eg tours
    • a designated dry area
    • an amusement parlour or amusement arcade
    • an area adjacent to a regulated premises - eg  the oval next to a licensed club room
    • a public place with is being used for an organised event where guest pay admission.

You must apply for a limited licence if you are an existing licensee seeking a temporary extension to the trading rights under your current liquor licence for a special occasion.


If you want to sell liquor to be consumed on a footpath, or similar outdoor area that is not part of your venue, you will need to apply for an extended trading area (PDF 284KB).

You will need to indicate on your application for a new licence, whether or not you require an extended trading area to be approved.

If you want to serve liquor between midnight and 5am you will need to apply for extended trading authorisation (PDF 125KB).

If your club hosts any entertainment that:

  • is sexually explicit or
  • involves fighting - eg wrestling, boxing or martial arts

you will need to apply for prescribed entertainment consent (PDF 180KB).

Who can apply

The host or person organising the event needs to apply for the licence.

Existing licence holders can apply to:

  • change or extend trading hours
  • change a trading area
  • add an entertainment consent for a one-off event.

If more than one business will be supplying alcohol at an event, such as a festival, lodge one application listing all stallholders. A single licence will be granted and the fee adjusted.

Before you begin

You will need to provide details of your function and describe how liquor will be served.

For large events you may also need to provide

  • written approval from the council and landlord
  • views of the local police
  • a plan of the site
  • public liability insurance details
  • risk and emergency procedures
  • details of any licensed security
  • number of toilets
  • type and location of entertainment.

Large, outdoor or high risk events may also need details about:

  • any marquees - size and location
  • safety equipment
  • access to free drinking water
  • approved crowd controllers at the function
  • medical/first aid and ambulance services.

Processing times

The processing time for your licence will depend on the event - eg a private family function usually needs less investigation than a music festival.

  • Small events (parties, functions) - apply no later than 14 days before the event.
  • Large events (exhibitions, festivals) - apply no later than 60 days before the event.

Late applications

There is no guarantee that you will be granted a licence if your application is late. The time frames allow the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner time to properly assess the application and seek the views of relevant stakeholders such as local council and police.

Contact Consumer and Business Services (CBS) to discuss your options if you want to submit a late application. However, these can't be accepted if:

  • someone will be unfairly affected by the shorter time - eg landlord, council
  • there isn't enough time to legally assess the application.


Standard applicationsFee

Standard application - fee per day of licence


Event is for a charity or community purpose

No fee

Application to vary/amend an existing licence


Multiple applicantsFee

3 applicants


6 applicants


10 applicants


15 applicants


20 applicants


More than 20 applicants


Complex events


Any of the following:

  • if the event is outdoors for more than 300 people (can trade past 1.00 am)
  • boxing, wrestling or other adult entertainment
  • the maximum capacity multiplied by the number of days for the event is greater than 1,000 people (can trade past 1.00 am)
  • the maximum capacity multiplied by the number of days for the event is greater than 5,000 people
  • the licensing authority determines that the event will need significant resources to administer or enforce the Act.


Late feesFee

Lodged less than 14 days before the event - for small events
lodged less than 60 days before the event - for large events, exhibitions, festivals or high risk events.



You must display this sign in a prominent position if minors can access the licensed area.

Notice to people under 18 years (PDF 90KB)

Glass containers at outdoor functions

You must get approval from CBS to supply alcohol in glass containers at outdoor functions.

Under 'Other essential information' in the online application, list the method of serving as glass. If you serve alcohol in glass containers that are not approved, you will be fined.


Apply in the company's name if the business is part of a company.

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Contact CBS Liquor and Gaming



In person

91 Grenfell Street


GPO Box 1719
Adelaide SA 5001

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