Running a licensed liquor venue

Codes of practice

Codes of practice are there to:

  • encourage responsible attitudes towards liquor including
    • promotion
    • sale
    • supply
    • consumption
    • use
  • minimise the harm associated with the consumption of liquor.

Liquor - general code of practice guidelines (PDF 280KB)

Consumer and Business Services (CBS) has created guidelines to help licensees to comply with the code.

Guidelines - general code of practice (PDF 182KB)

Intoxication guidelines (PDF 108KB)

Intoxication guidelines - summary for bar staff (PDF 135KB)

CBS has also developed a risk assessment and management plan template to help licensees have a written plan in place. It's not mandatory to use this template; industry bodies can develop their own templates for their members, or licensees can choose to develop their own management plans.

Licensee risk assessment and management plan template (PDF 317KB)

Late night trading code of practice

The late night trading code of practice (late night code) applies to venues that trade past 12.00 am.

The code includes:

  • queue management
  • drink marshals
  • restrictions of the supply of beverages that promote rapid/excessive consumption
  • restrictions on the use of glassware
  • use of CCTV
  • use of metal detectors.

The Liquor and Gambling Commissioner has approved the CCTV technical specification and metal detector specification.

Late night trading code of practice (PDF 101KB)

The late night code also prohibits the entry or re-entry of patrons onto licensed premises after 3.00 am.

Late night sign (PDF 98KB)

Contact CBS Liquor and Gaming


Phone: 131 882

In person:
91 Grenfell Street

GPO Box 2169
Adelaide SA 5001

Related information

On this site

Running a licensed venue

Other websites

SA liquor reforms - CBS

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