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Change, alter or redefine a licensed premises
You need approval from the licensing authority to:
- change the layout of a licensed venue - eg move the bar
- make any structural changes - eg remove a wall
- change or redefine the approved licensed area.
What you'll need
To alter or redefine a licensed premises you'll need to upload these documents (a legible photo is acceptable):
- a community impact submission (if applicable)
- two floor plans of the licensed premises with the proposed changes - how to submit plans for licensed premises (PDF 344KB)
- a copy of the lease agreement and permission from the landlord if you don't own the property, or a certificate of title if you do own the property
- if the licensed area is increasing, you may need a capacity assessment from either:
- the council
- a private certifier
- a registered architect.
After submitting the application
After you have submitted your application, you must either:
- provide any development approvals from council
- confirm that council development is not required.
The documents must be lodged seven days before the date that your application will be considered. You'll be advised of this date after you submit your application.
What happens next
You can log in to LGO at any time to track the progress of your application.
You'll also receive periodic email notifications asking you to log in to receive important information such as the date that your application will be considered (determination date).
Submissions and interventions
Your application will be sent to South Australia Police Licensing Enforcement Branch. It may also need to be advertised.
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Anyone can submit concerns regarding your licence application. For example, if your neighbours think that your business is going to be noisy or if they are concerned your business will have an impact on the neighbourhood they may consider lodging a submission with the Commissioner.
The police may also intervene in your application if they have concerns about public safety and disturbance or the fitness and propriety of any person holding the licence.
If all the approvals are in place and there are no concerns raised by any member of the public (submissions) or police (interventions), the application process will take approximately six to eight weeks.
Submissions or interventions must be lodged at least seven days before the determination date.
If anyone submits a concern regarding your application you will receive a copy.
You may then be asked to:
- submit a response the Commissioner
- take part in a conciliation conference with SAPOL or anyone else who submitted their concerns and the Commissioner or a delegate
- attend a hearing before the Licensing Court.
A conciliation conference is usually held at CBS in the Adelaide CBD.
The Commissioner or delegate must consider all submissions, interventions and responses, and may make a decision on your application without asking you to respond, having a conciliation conference or holding a hearing.
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A conciliation conference is a confidential conference where the Commissioner or delegate will attempt to reach an agreement between the parties. You don’t need to be represented by a lawyer, but you can choose to do so, if you think it’s necessary.
At the conciliation conference:
- you will be asked to explain the nature and intent of your business
- the other party will express their concerns
- the delegate will help the parties try to reach an agreement.
At the end of the conference the delegate will either:
- make a decision on your application
- ask that the parties attend a hearing.
A hearing is more formal than a conciliation conference where all parties will put forward evidence for the Commissioner or a delegate to make a decision.
At a hearing both parties will be able to put their case forward. The Commissioner or delegate will then make a decision on the application.
In special circumstances the Commissioner or delegate may refer your application to the Licensing Court to make a decision.
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