How to apply for a liquor or wine licence
Once you've worked out what type of liquor or wine licence you need, you can find it on the Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS) website.
Common Queensland liquor licences and permits on ABLIS include:
- commercial hotel licence
- subsidiary on-premises licence
- subsidiary off-premises licence
- commercial other–subsidiary on-premises (meals) licence
- commercial other–bar licence
- industrial canteen licence
- producer/wholesaler licence
- artisan producer licence
- commercial special facility licence
- community club licence
- community other licence
- nightclub licence
- wine producer licence
- wine merchant licence.
ABLIS gives you information about each licence type, including:
- how to apply (with links to application forms)
- the application fees, annual licence fees and other charges
- how to update, transfer or surrender your liquor licence.
Follow the process described on ABLIS to apply for your liquor licence.
Some licensees will also need to provide a risk assessment management plan (RAMP) with their application.
Read about the types of liquor and wine licences for more information on each licence.
Applying for extended trading and other conditions
You can apply for some additional approvals at the same time as you apply for a new liquor licence. For example, mark the relevant box on your application for a liquor licence if you want to:
- add a condition to sell craft beer and artisan spirits at a promotional event
- apply to sell wine with takeaway meals.
Lodge an extra form with your new liquor licence application if you want to:
Once you've lodged your application, you may be required to advertise your application outside your premises.
Read more about advertising liquor licence applications.
Approval process for new applications
When deciding whether to grant a liquor licence, the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) will consider:
- whether you're a 'fit and proper' person to hold a liquor licence—read Guideline 07: Fit and proper or suitable person for more information
- the suitability of the premises
- the community impact
- public objections and submissions (if any).
Processing times for new applications
Provided all information is lodged and there are no issues identified during our assessment, most applications for new liquor licences are finalised in around 3 months. This timeframe may be extended if you also apply for a gaming machine licence.
Reviewing a refused application
If your application is refused, you can lodge a request for review with the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.