Liquor licensing

You must have a liquor licence to sell or supply liquor (alcohol) in Queensland.

A liquor licence states where and when you are allowed to serve alcohol. Different licence types are available to suit different businesses or community organisations. A licence may be held by a company, a person over the age of 18, an incorporated association or club, or an individual on behalf of an unincorporated association or club. A licence may also be held on behalf of a trust.

In Queensland, the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) assesses liquor licence applications. Fees and legal obligations for liquor licences vary depending on the type of business and type of licence.

Liquor licences may take 4-6 months to be approved. If you're starting a business and want to serve alcohol, remember to account for this time in your planning, as it may influence when you can open your business.

Permits are available for businesses with a liquor licence who wish to serve alcohol during extended hours for one-off occasions. Permits are also available for non-proprietary organisations that want to serve alcohol at a one-off event.

This guide provides an overview of liquor licences and permits in Queensland.

Last reviewed
April 3, 2014


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