Liquor

The department is responsible for administering the Liquor Control Act 1988 and promoting the integrity and lawful liquor activities within Western Australia.

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Liquor applications

The department is responsible for determining applications and other matters relating to liquor licensing under the auspices of the Director of Liquor Licensing who performs statutory functions and exercises statutory powers as prescribed by the Act.

Apply for a licence

Applying for liquor licences, permits, conditions including fees and charges.

Renew a licence

Sign into the online portal to renew a liquor licence.

Advertised applications

A list of currently advertised liquor applications.

Objections and submissions

Objecting to a liquor licence application that is currently being advertised.

Fees and charges

A list of fees and charges for liquor applications.

Director's decisions

Decisions made by the Director of Liquor Licensing.

Lodgement guides

Guides for lodging applications through the online portal.

Liquor licensing

The department’s is responsible for monitoring compliance and maintaining the integrity of licensed operations by conducting audits, inspections and investigations of liquor operators.

Find a licence

Search for a current liquor licence, permit or approval.

Liquor policies and licensing responsibilities

Requirements for licensees when managing licensed premises.

Liquor returns

Guidance for licensees completing annual liquor returns.

Licence type and trading hours

There are 11 different types of liquor licence available in Western Australia.

Licensee resources

Templates, checklists, forms and posters for licencees.

Liquor restrictions

Liquor restrictions across Western Australia.

Prohibition orders

A list of people who have been issued with prohibition orders.

Liquor accords

Ensuring safe and well managed environments in and around licensed premises in the community.

Liquor Commission

The commision reviews decisions, determines complaints and disciplinary matters and other decisions.

Legislation

Important information about the Liquor Control Act 1988.

Online payments

Pay your liquor licence fee online.

Training

Training ensures the service of alcohol is safe and responsible venues commit to harm-minimisation.

Training

Responsible service of alcohol, staff training and registered training organisations.

Approved Manager's lodgement guide

Help for individuals to apply to become an Approved Manager.

Approved Manager's renewals

Help for individuals to renew their Approved Manager card.

Liquor news

Minimising harm key driver for latest Pilbara wide liquor restrictions

Jan 15 2019
A number of restrictions to further minimise alcohol related harm in the Pilbara region will come into effect from 31 March 2019 following a decision by the Director of Liquor Licensing.
Couple buying some wine at a bottle shop.

Liquor Control (Section 31) Notice 2019

Jan 14 2019
Issued under the Liquor Control Act 1988 sections 31 (4) and (7) and 60 by the Director of Liquor Licensing.
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Cheers to WA

Oct 16 2018
New liquor licensing laws come into effect this weekend (August 18 to 19), creating a more relaxed and tourism friendly hospitality industry for all Western Australians to enjoy.

The role of the department

The department through the licensing of suppliers and the provision of industry support services, promotes and maintains the integrity of lawful liquor activities for Western Australians to participate in, within community expectations on harm minimisation.

The department achieves its mission through the provision of services to maintain public confidence in liquor industries. This confidence has been achieved by maintaining confidentiality and applying the principles of fairness and natural justice.

In relation to liquor licensing, the Department's performs numerous functions, including:

  • hearing and determining applications in accordance with the Act;
  • monitoring the standards of licensed premises;
  • ensuring compliance with the requirements of the Act;
  • facilitating various liquor accords and community alcohol agreements;
  • developing and implementing policy consistent with Government objectives;
  • providing policy advice;
  • negotiating and liaising with industry groups;
  • considering complaints about noise or behaviour related to licensed premises and responding to such complaints; and
  • dealing expeditiously with any other matters arising from the administration of the Act.

The role of local government

A local government's town planning scheme serves as the most important tool in shaping a community's liquor environment outside of the Liquor Control Act.

In essence, the department of supports local government authorities shape the way liquor is sold and supplied in their communities.

An application for a liquor licence can't be approved by the department if local government planning approval has not been granted.

In accordance with sections 39 and 40 of the Act, an applicant for a licence is required to submit local government certificates demonstrating compliance with:

  • the Health Act;
  • the Local Government Act;
  • the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions ) Act;
  • any other written law relating to sewerage and drainage; and
  • specific town planning scheme matters.

Section 39 and 40 certificates apply to:

  • the granting or removal of a licence;
  • the altering or redefinition of a venue;
  • an application for an alfresco area; and
  • applications for 'liquor without a meal' permits.

The licensing authority has the discretion to waive the requirement for a local government certificates to accompany an application during the licensing process.

However, an applicant would still have to obtain the relevant approvals from the local government authority prior to proceeding with any development and the applicant is still bound by local government authority health and planning requirements.

It is for these reasons and for consistency across government, that the licensing authority does not exercise its discretion to waive the requirement.

Local government's make the first determination in the usage of land, such as alfresco areas and footpaths, for licensed premises.

All local government bodies assist the department uphold the Liquor Control Act when required, and inform the department when a licensee is prosecuted and convicted of breaching local government regulations.

The role of WA Police

During the licensing process WA Police have the authority to make comment on whether an application should be granted or refused.

WA Police also have the ability to provide information about any person applying for a liquor licence or applying for permission to work within the liquor industry. This information may take the form of a Police clearance certificate, or be supplied by way of a more detailed background report.

The WA Police is the main authority charged with the enforcement of the Liquor Control Act.

The role of the Executive Director of Public Health

The Executive Director of Public Health has the authority to comment on any matter before the licensing authority based on the potential, or existence of harm or ill-health caused to people due to the use of liquor.

The Executive Director of Public Health has the right to oppose any application based on the negative health impacts that the granting of the licence may contribute to

The Role of the Liquor Commission

The Liquor Commission:

  • determines liquor licensing matters referred to it by the Director of Liquor Licensing;
  • conducts reviews of certain decisions made by the Director, or by a single Member of the Commission;
  • conducts reviews based on a question of law;
  • determines complaints and disciplinary matters in accordance with section 95 of the Liquor Control Act;
  • makes binding, high-level decisions in accordance with Act;
  • awards costs associated with matters before the Commission;
  • reports annually to the Minister for Racing and Gaming on the activities of the Commission; and
  • reports to the Minister for Racing and Gaming , when requested to do so, on the jurisdiction and functions of the Commission, including the provision of high-level policy advice relevant to liquor control matters.

Liquor Commission of Western Australia

Page reviewed 25 June 2019