Completing a community impact statement (CIS) for liquor licence applications
Certain Queensland liquor licence applications require a community impact statement (CIS), explaining how the licensed premises will minimise its impact on the local community.
The CIS must provide a profile of the community and examine any possible health and social impacts from granting the application.
Refer to Guideline 38: Community impact statement for more information.
Who needs to complete a CIS
A CIS is required for:
- new liquor licence applications (except for community—other licences)
- applications to vary liquor licences
- permanently extending trading hours between 12midnight and 2am.
Minimum CIS requirements
A CIS must contain the following at a minimum:
- nature and type of facilities
- definition and parameters of the local community area
- positive and negative health and social impacts on the local community and potential harm to any group, including (but not limited to)
- a cost-benefit analysis
- details of any sensitive facilities within 200m of the site
- noise impact or change to the amenity of the local area
- cultural, recreational, employment or tourism benefits
- safety issues—for example, public disorder, vandalism, public drunkenness
- impact on, or change to, the character or identity of the local community
- harm mitigation measures
- evidence that approval won't cause harm from having too many venues in 1 area.
Additional CIS requirements
Additional information is required for the following liquor licence applications:
- commercial hotel licence
- nightclub licence
- commercial special facility
- applications to extend trading hours after 2am.
The additional requirements to include are:
- a record of consultation with residents and businesses within 200m of the site
- a survey of the broader local community area
- evidence of consultation with a minimum of 8 key community advisers.
When a CIS isn't required
You can ask the Commissioner for Liquor and Gaming to waive the need for a CIS if your:
- application doesn't involve a significant change to the premise's operations
- premise is in a remote location
- CIS's purpose was achieved another way
- application involves other special circumstances.
Restaurants or cafés applying for a commercial—other liquor licence may not need a CIS if the premise:
- is located in a commercial complex
- doesn't trade between midnight and 1am
- doesn't have amplified entertainment
- won't adversely affect the surrounding community.
Submit your waiver request in writing with your liquor licence application.