Community impact statement (CIS)

A community impact statement (CIS) is a requirement for certain Queensland liquor licence applications.

A CIS explains, among other things, how your licensed premises will minimise its impact on your local community.

Types of CIS

The CIS you provide with your liquor licence application will be either 'standard' or 'full'.

Standard CIS

A standard CIS is required for the following liquor licence applications:

  • new liquor licence (except for a community other licence)
  • approved extended trading hours up to 2am (i.e. permanent extension to trading hours).

Full CIS

A full CIS is mandatory for the following liquor licence applications:

  • commercial hotel licence
  • commercial other (subsidiary on-premises) licence where the principal activity is the provision of entertainment (nightclubs)
  • any new licence or variation where entertainment is provided after 8pm and the noise level generated will exceed 90dBA
  • extended trading hours approvals after 2am.

When a CIS is not required

The Commissioner can waive the need for a CIS when applying for a commercial other liquor licence, for a restaurant or café, provided it meets all of the following requirements:

  • the venue is located near other commercial properties and doesn't trade past midnight
  • there is no amplified entertainment
  • the venue won't adversely affect the surrounding community.

What to include in a CIS

Standard CIS

A standard CIS must contain the following information:

  • the nature and type of facilities to be provided
  • the positive and negative impact on the local community
  • details of any sensitive facilities within 200m of the site
  • any noise impact or change to the amenity of the local area
  • any cultural, recreational, employment or tourism benefits
  • impact on traffic
  • safety issues - in terms of public disorder, vandalism, public drunkenness
  • any impact on, or change to, the character or identity of the local community.

Full CIS

A full CIS must contain the following information:

  • delineation of the local community area (i.e. a map depicting the local community area and a written description of the area)
  • social profile of the local community area
  • assessment of community risk
  • the likely health and social impacts (positive and negative)
  • consultation with residents and businesses within 200m of the site
  • a survey with residents in the local community area
  • consultation with key advisers.

Read Guideline 38: Community impact statement for more information.

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