Liquor licences

Apply for a liquor licence

Restaurant

A restaurant licence is for when the main part of your business is providing meals.

This type of licence lets you sell liquor at any time with your meals, and you can also apply for an approval to allow you to:

  • sell liquor at functions in your restaurant as long as you’re providing food (including finger food or canapes)
  • sell liquor to customers who are not having a meal, but they must still be sitting at a table.

Trading hours

  • A restaurant licence allows you to trade on any day and at any time.

Apply for a restaurant licence

Producers

If you are producing your own wine, beer or spirits, a producer’s licence will enable you to sell your own product:

  • for people to purchase and take with them
  • for people to drink at your premises
  • via a website or mail order

This licence will also allow you to

  • sell any type of liquor if seated at a table and served with a meal
  • provide 'tastings' (samples) of your product at your premises, and offer similar products from other producers for comparison.
  • operate a ‘collective’ cellar door together with other producers from the same region
  • obtain 'event endorsements' so that you can have a stall at a local market (or similar) and sell your product without the need to get a limited licence every time
  • operate a home office, selling only your own product via website, phone or mail order.

Trading hours

A producers licence allows you to trade on any day and at any time.

Apply for a producers licence

Direct sales

A direct sales licence will allow you to set up a home office or internet based business selling any type of liquor to be delivered anywhere in South Australia.

You cannot have a shopfront, or direct face to face contact with customers with this licence. All transactions must be over the phone, internet or mail.

Trading hours

You can sell alcohol at any time. However, if it's delivered to a South Australian address, it must be delivered between 8.00 am and 9.00 pm.

Apply for a direct sales licence

Small venue

A small venue licence must be in the CBD and cannot have more than 120 patrons at any one time. Small venues can be a small bar, restaurant, cafe, gallery or similar. This licence will allow you to sell liquor for patrons to consume on the premises without the need to provide food.

Trading hours

  • Any day between 11.00 am and midnight
  • With an extended trading authorisation between:
    • midnight until 2.00 am
    • 8.00 am to 11.00 am.

Apply for a small venue licence

Entertainment venue - eg night club

An entertainment venue licence will allow you to sell liquor whilst live entertainment is being provided between the hours of 9pm and 5am the following day. Live entertainment, includes live music, DJs, comedians etc

If no live entertainment is being provided liquor can only be sold to a customer if they are seated at a table and have ordered a meal.

You can also apply for an approval to allow you to sell liquor:

  • at functions, as long as you’re providing food (including finger food or canapes)
  • to customers who are not having a meal, but are seated at a table.

Trading hours

Can trade on any day and at any time.

Apply for an entertainment venue licence

Hotel

A hotel licence allows you to sell liquor for people to drink at the premises, or for take away.

A significant part of a hotel licence application is the requirement for you to prove that there is a need, within the area, for a hotel to exist.

Trading hours

You can supply alcohol at the hotel:

  • Monday to Saturday between 5am and midnight
  • Sunday between 8am and midnight

With an extended trading authorisations between:

  • midnight and 5am

You can sell liquor for takeaway:

  • Monday to Sunday between 5am and midnight
  • Sunday between 8am and 9pm.

Apply for a hotel licence

Retail liquor merchant

A retail liquor merchant licence allows you to sell takeaway liquor only - eg bottle shops but it also allows you to provide samples of liquor to your customers.

The ‘bottle shop’ needs to be physically separate from other shops or businesses, and can only sell liquor or related products (glasses, bottle openers, gift bags, chips, nuts etc).

If you’re proposing to operate a general store (or similar) in a regional area, you can apply for an exemption to be able to sell liquor from that store if it is not viable to have a separate shop.

A significant part of a retail liquor merchant licence application is the requirement for you to prove that there is a need, within the area, for a bottle shop to exist

Trading hours

Any day between 8.00 am and 9.00 pm

Apply for a retail liquor merchant licence

Club (social and community)

A club licence can only be held by an incorporated not for profit association. It allows the association to sell alcohol to members and the general public. Commonly held by sporting clubs.

You can also apply for an approval to allow you to sell take away liquor

Trading hours

  • Monday to Saturday between 5.00 am and midnight
  • Sunday between 8.00 am and midnight

Apply for a club licence

Limited club

A limited club licence can only be held by an incorporated not for profit association. This licence only allows the club to sell liquor to members and guests (each member can only have five guests at the club at any one time) and does not allow the club to hold a gaming machines licence.

Trading hours

  • Monday to Saturday between 5.00 am and midnight
  • Sunday between 8.00 am and midnight

Apply for a limited club licence

Residential

A residential licence is for when the main part of your business is accommodation, such as a motel, caravan park or similar. This type of licence allows you to sell liquor at any time to:

  • a lodger
  • a diner with a meal
  • a person attending a reception.

You can also apply for an approval to allow you to sell liquor:

  • at functions, as long as you’re providing food (including finger food or canapes)
  • to customers who are not having a meal, but are seated at a table.

Trading hours

Can trade on any day and at any time.

Apply for a residential licence

Wholesale liquor merchant

A wholesale liquor merchant licence will only allow you to sell liquor to other liquor merchants.

You may also sell liquor to the general public in a quantity of at least 4.5 litres per sale, and at least 90% of your turnover each year must be from the sale to other merchants.

This licence also allows you to provide samples of liquor to your customers.

Trading hours

Can sell to liquor merchants on any day and at any time.

If selling liquor to the general public can only sell between the hours of 8.00 am to 9.00 pm.

Apply for a wholesale liquor merchant licence

Special circumstances

A special circumstances licence can be applied for if you are able to satisfy our office that your business does not fit into any other category of licence.

This type of licence suits businesses such as:

  • boats, ferries and similar vessels
  • buses, limousines and other vehicles
  • caterers
  • sporting arenas, theatres, cinemas, bowling alleys.

Trading hours

Any day between 5.00 am and midnight

Apply for a special circumstances licence

You can apply for an extended trading authorisation (PDF 82KB) to be licensed to sell alcohol between midnight and 5.00 am.

One-off event (limited)

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

Apply for a one-off event (limited) liquor licence

Contact CBS Liquor and Gaming

Email: liquorandgaming@sa.gov.au

Phone: 131 882

In person:
91 Grenfell Street
Adelaide

Post:
GPO Box 2169
Adelaide SA 5001


Related information

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Other websites

Reforms to SA liquor laws - CBS


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Page last updated 12 November 2018

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