Minors and under-age drinking on licensed premises

As a licensee, you and your employees have a legal responsibility to:

  • prevent minors from entering your licensed premises (unless they are exempted)
  • refuse to sell alcohol to minors.

A minor is a person who is under 18 years of age.

Penalties and fines exist for having non-exempt minors on-site, selling alcohol to minors, or allowing minors to drink alcohol. The best way to protect yourself and your staff from being fined is to ensure that every patron of your venue is strictly checked for valid identification (ID) and legal age.

This guide explains licensees' legal requirements for dealing with minors and under-age drinking on licensed premises. It discusses exceptions for minors being on licensed premises, requirements for checking ID and penalties for non-compliance.