Change, alter or redefine a licensed venue
You need approval from the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner to:
- change the layout of your licensed venue - eg move the bar
- make any structural changes - eg remove a wall
- change or redefine your approved licensed area.
Before you begin
You will need:
- two floor plans of the venue with the proposed changes - how to submit a plan for a licensed venue (PDF 344KB)
- a copy of the lease agreement and permission from the landlord if you don't own the property
- a certificate of title if you own the property.
If the licensed area is increasing, you'll need a capacity assessment from:
- the council
- a private certifier
- a registered architect.
The capacity for your venue may also be stated as part of your development approval or certificate of occupancy. If you do not submit a capacity assessment, the limit will be set as one person per square metre.
How to apply
Email, post or in person
1. Print, complete and sign the application form and attach your supporting evidence
2. Submit the application
Email the scanned documents to firstname.lastname@example.org
Post your application to:
GPO Box 2169
Adelaide SA 5001
Take your application to:
CBS Customer Service Centre
91 Grenfell Street
Adelaide SA 5000
After you lodge your application, a case manager will advise you of the date it will be considered.
At least seven days before this date you must provide CBS with one of these:
- any development approvals from council
- confirmation that council development is not required.
More detailed information on the process and requirements of applying for a liquor licence is provided in the Practice Direction (PDF 1.2MB).
What happens next
A copy of your application may be sent to South Australian police licensing enforcement branch.
Notification of your application may also be put on the CBS website and made available to the public. Your case manager will contact you to let you know whether you need to:
- display a notification on the premises
- notify your local council.
You will be asked to provide evidence that you have completed both of these.
If all the approvals are in place and there are no objections, the application process will take approximately six to eight weeks.
If the notice of your application is made public any person may object if they have a reason to do so - for example, if your neighbours think that your business is going to be noisy, or have an impact on the neighbourhood.
The police and council may also intervene in your application if there are concerns about public safety and disturbance, or if there are concerns about the fitness and propriety of any person.
If someone objects to your application you will:
- receive a copy of the objection form, which will usually explain the objection
- be invited to take part in a conciliation conference with the objector and the commissioner or a delegate, usually held at CBS in the Adelaide CBD.
The conciliation conference is not a formal process and there's no need to be represented by a lawyer, but you may choose to do so if you think it's necessary.
At the conciliation conference:
- the delegate will ask you to explain exactly what your application is all about, how you wish to trade and so on
- the objectors will explain their concerns
- the delegate will help the parties reach an agreement
- the delegate can explain what the law means and clarify any misunderstandings the parties may have but cannot provide you with legal advice.
If the objectors and you fail to come to an agreement, the delegate can't make a decision and the matter will be referred to a hearing.
A hearing can take place before a delegate or the commissioner if all parties agree, otherwise it will be heard by the licensing court.
At a hearing before a delegate or the commissioner:
- you will be able to put your case forward
- the objectors can explain their concerns
- the delegate or commissioner will make a decision on the application.
If your matter goes before the licensing court, more information will be provided by the court.