How to object to a liquor licence application or adult entertainment permit application

Any person who has a proper interest in the locality, or is likely to be affected by the grant of an application, may validly object to a liquor licence application or adult entertainment permit application. In addition, Police and local governments provide comment on liquor licence applications.

Only valid objections will be processed by the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR).

Grounds for objection

Valid reasons to object to a liquor licence application include:

  • undue offence, annoyance, disturbance or inconvenience to those who live or work within the area
  • undue offence, annoyance, disturbance or inconvenience to persons in, or travelling to or from, an existing or proposed place of public worship, hospital or school
  • harm from alcohol abuse and misuse or associated violence
  • an adverse effect on the health or safety of members of the public
  • an adverse effect on the amenity of the community.

Valid reasons for objecting to an adult entertainment permit application include:

  • harm from alcohol abuse and misuse or associated violence
  • an adverse effect on the health or safety of members of the public
  • an adverse effect on the amenity of the community.

Lodging an objection

OLGR lists all applications currently advertised for public comment and the closing dates for objections.

Objections must be submitted in writing to the OLGR regional office noted in the advertised application. Copies of objections and submissions (including the objector's details) will be forwarded to the applicant.

Requirements for objections

To lodge an objection, the objector must:

  • be 18-years or older
  • live in the area of, or be likely to be directly affected by, the granting of the licence
  • submit the objection in writing as an individual or as a group by way of petition
  • clearly state the grounds for the objection
  • submit the written objection before the closing date.

Objecting by petition

An objection lodged as a petition must:

  • have an identical heading on every page that clearly states the subject matter and is positioned so that it is clearly legible to those who sign it. Use this petition template
  • include the particulars of each signatory in relation to their connection with the locality; for example, they must advise whether they reside, work or do business in the area
  • state the name of the petition's sponsor on each sheet (i.e. the person who will be the point of contact between the Commissioner and the signatories).

Contact

General enquiries 13 QGOV (13 74 68)

  • Licence and permit enquiries

OLGRlicensing@justice.qld.gov.au

  • Gaming compliance enquiries

gamingcompliance@justice.qld.gov.au

  • Liquor compliance enquiries

liquorcompliance@justice.qld.gov.au

  • Media enquiries (07) 3872 0920

OLGRMedia@justice.qld.gov.au