New Alcohol Legislation

Things you need to know about the new alcohol legislation.

Want to apply/renew a liquor licence? The following are key aspects you need to know under the new laws when you apply for a liquor licence:

  1. The default maximum national trading hours are the hours from 8am to 4am the following day for an on-licence or a club licence premises and 7am to 11pm for an off-licence holder;
  2.  Territorial authorities now can have their own local alcohol policies in relation to the sale, supply, or consumption of alcohol within their districts;
  3. In deciding whether to issue a licence, the licensing authority or the licensing committee concerned must take into account the_Can_you_pour_a_standard_drink___game___Alcohol :              (a) the object of the Act;
    (b) the suitability of the applicant;
    (c) any relevant local alcohol policy;
    (d) the days on which and the hours during which the applicant proposes to sell alcohol;
    (e) the design and layout of any proposed premises;
    (f) whether the applicant is engaged in, or proposes on the premises to engage in, the sale of goods or the provisions of services other than alcohol, low-alcohol refreshments, non-alcoholic refreshments, and food, and if so, which goods or services;
    (g) whether the amenity and good order of the locality would be likely to be reduced, to more than a minor extent, by the effects of the issue of the licence; or the amenity and good order of the locality are already so badly affected by the effects of the issue of existing licences that they would be unlikely to be reduced further by the effects of the issue of the licence but it is nevertheless desirable not to issue any further licences;
    (h) whether the applicant has appropriate systems, staff, and training to comply with the law;
    (i) any matters dealt with in any report from the Police, an Inspector, or a Medical Officer of Health
  4. Conditions of licence
    (a) One way door restrictions – a condition imposing one-way door restriction on a licence stating that the licence is subject to a one-way door restriction and the day or days on which and the periods when the restriction applies; and
    (b) Compulsory conditions relating to display and promotion of alcohol in single area in supermarkets and grocery stores.

What does a liquor licence allow?

It allows the licensee to sell alcohol according to the conditions of the licence.Conditions cover such things as:who alcohol can be sold to the hours and days alcohol can be sold who is allowed on the premises the range of food, non-alcohol and low-alcohol drinks to be provided provision of information about alternative transport arrangements.

If you need further information in relation to your liquor licence application, please feel free to contact Tom Huang or Ross Dillon or John Jon at Queen City Law.

We have compiled a series of blog posts which illustrate the laws and processes you will need to navigate to get a Liquor licence

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