Application for a new liquor licence

In Queensland, you must apply to the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation if you are seeking to obtain a liquor licence. There are different types of liqour licenses and which one you apply for will depend on the type of business you want to operate.  ProLiquor can support you through the process from working out what type of licence you need to preparing and lodging all required paperwork and negotiating your conditions with OLGR.

Making changes to a licence

The dynamic nature of the hospitality industry means that from time to time, you may need to have your liquor licence amended to ensure your business remains competitive. This may include applying to have your trading hours extended on a temporary or permanent basis, getting catering endorsement on the licence, amending or removing existing conditions on the licence, changing the licensed area or making alterations to the licensed premises. Any change to a liquor licence must be applied for through a formal application process with the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation. Similar to applying for a new license, this process can be complex, and depending on the type of application and nature of the changes, may require the preparation of a Community Impact Statement and/or Risk Assessed Management Plan. ProLiquor can manage all aspects of this process for you. ProLiquor will gather and lodge all the required paperwork for the application, undertake the necessary consultation, prepare your risk assessed management plan (RAMP) and/or community impact statement if required, arrange for acoustic testing and advertising if required and negotiate with the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation on your behalf in relation to the proposed changes. Contact ProLiquor today to discuss your existing licence and how we can help you ensure it is supporting the growth of your business.

Transferring a liquor licence

Buying a business with an existing liquor licence means that you can avoid the process of having to apply for a new one. You are required however to make an application to the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation to have the licence transferred from the outgoing licensee to you. This process can take up to 12 weeks so it is important the application is lodged in plenty of time to ensure you can commence operating as the licensee as soon as possible. ProLiquor can manage the transfer of an existing liquor licence for you, ensuring that you can focus your energy on your new business. We will work with you to ensure conditions on the existing licence support your proposed operations. ProLiquor will prepare and lodge all the necessary paperwork for the application, including criminal history checks and registrations of financial interest, obtain the relevant approvals and signatures from the outgoing licensee and the freehold property owner, prepare a Risk Assessed Management Plan if required, and conduct training for your staff to ensure you will meet your obligations in relation to Responsible Service of Alcohol.

Compliance and advocacy

Governments maintain a highly regulated environment in which your business must operate and as a licensee, you have an obligation to ensure the safe and responsible supply of liquor at your venue. Failure to comply with legislation relating to liquor, noise, security, fire and health and safety for example can result in penalties and fines that can cripple licensed venues or even worse, serious breaches can result in the permanent closure of your operation. ProLiquor can work with your team to protect your licence by ensuring you have adequate strategies in place to minimize the risk of alcohol related harm, and ensure you are meeting your legislative obligations. When you engage ProLiquor, we will:
  • Conduct an initial audit and assessment on all aspects of your venue’s operations, including review of existing policies and procedures
  • Report on findings and make recommendations to address gaps
  • Develop new or revise existing policies and procedures and work with your team to implement them
  • Present to your management and staff and conduct additional training if required
  • Liaise and negotiate with the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation on your behalf on all matters relating to your licence to ensure you are not being unfairly disadvantaged by conditions being imposed, or by penalties the OLGR wish to apply in the event of a breach
Contact ProLiquor today to discuss how we can work with your team to protect your licence.

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