Northern Territory Liquor Licensing

Northern Territory Liquor Licensing

Liquor Legislation
The Licensing Commission is responsible for regulating the Northern Territory's liquor licensing legislation under the Northern Territory Liquor Act. The Licensing Commission is an independent statutory authority created by the  Licensing Commission Act 2000. The Department of Justice's Licensing, Regulation and Alcohol Strategy works closely with the Commission in matters associated with licence applications, variations and breaches.

Access the Liquor Act
 
Licence Types
Licence Type
Conditions
Full Liquor Licence
Permits the sale of alcoholic beverages on specific licensed premises. Standard conditions apply to all liquor licences and the person appointed as the nominee (manager) of licensed premises. Special conditions apply to particular types of premises such as public hotels, private hotels, restaurants, liquor merchants, off licences and roadside inns. Individual restrictions may be imposed on any liquor licences in relation to the nature of premises, the area in which premises are located etc.
Special Liquor Licence
Intended for the sale or supply of alcohol at one-off events, such as a function, concert or sporting event. A Special Liquor Licence must be obtained for the duration of the event to legally sell or supply alcoholic beverages. Holders of Special Liquor Licences may be community organisations, individuals, registered companies or partnerships. Specific regulations apply to functions that involve children. As a general policy, at events where children and minors are present the sale of alcohol is to be restricted to 2 hours late in the afternoon and limited to light beer or wine to be served with snacks. Refer to the Department of Justice's website for further details.
Continuing Special Licence
Generally granted to work place social clubs, sporting and non-profit associations. The licence hours must not exceed 30 hours per week. Applicants that intend to trade for longer should apply for a Full Liquor Licence. Applicants for the licence must complete a Responsible Service of Alcohol course. Full details of the proposed dates and times should be provided with each application.
 
Information on fees for the above liquor licences can be obtained from the Department of Justice's website.
 
Applying for a Liquor Licence
Applicants for a liquor licence must be willing to undergo a police check. All applicants mentioned on the licence must be checked including directors/shareholders, nominee and partners. Authority to Release Criminal History forms are available online at the
Department of Justice's website.
 
Individuals, registered companies or partnerships applying for liquor licences are required to identify one person as the nominee for the licence. A completed application form must be accompanied by the statutory fee and supporting documents which include:
  • Professionally drawn site and ground plans
  • Proof of title or lease
  • Proof of financial capacity
  • Details of any previous charges, offences or convictions
  • Company/partnership documentation
  • Detailed resume of the business to be conducted
  • Town Planning approval
  • Copies of newspaper advertisements
  • Identification of a person in the role of nominee (manager)
  • Business and personal references for the nominee
  • Personal profiles for the nominee, each director and each partner
  • Relevant certificates, permits and records of inspection
Liquor licence applicants are required to advertise the proposed licence in a local newspaper nominated by the Liquor Commission. A period of 30 days is then allowed for public comment. Following the 30 day period, the proposed licence (together with the supporting documentation and police checks) go before the Licensing Commission for a decision. The licensing procedure may include a hearing. The applicant and any person/s with objections may choose to be legally represented. Liquor licence applications can be downloaded from the Department of Justice's website. Licence applications should be lodged with a Territory Business Centre, details of which can be found on the Department of Justice's website.
 
Responsible Service of Alcohol
The liquor licence nominee must successfully complete a Responsible Service of Alcohol course. The nominee must also successfully complete a Liquor Act test, which requires familiarity with a number of sections of the Liquor Act. The nominee is expected to be familiar with the sections of the Liquor Act that apply to the licensed premises. The nominee must also comply with the Code of Practice to assist in responsible alcohol promotion. A list of training providers is available online at the
Department of Justice's website.
 
Further Information
Further information on liquor licensing in the Northern Territory can be obtained from the
Department of Justice or via one of the Licensing, Regulation and Alcohol Strategy offices Email: lr.doj@nt.gov.au

Darwin
Level 1, Enterprise House, 28-30 Knuckey Street, Darwin
GPO Box 1154, Darwin, NT 0801
Ph: 08 8999 1800
Fax: 08 8999 1888

Katherine
3/36 Katherine Terrace, Katherine
GPO Box 1154, Darwin, NT 0801
Ph: 08 8972 8906
Fax: 08 8972 8910

Alice Springs
Peter Sitzler Building
67 North Stuart Highway, Alice Springs
GPO Box 8470, Alice Springs NT 0871
Ph: 08 8951 8452
Fax: 08 8951 8591

 
Source: NT Department of Justice
Liquor Legislation
The Licensing Commission is responsible for regulating the Northern Territory's liquor licensing legislation under the Northern Territory Liquor Act. The Licensing Commission is an independent statutory authority created by the  Licensing Commission Act 2000. The Department of Justice's Licensing, Regulation and Alcohol Strategy works closely with the Commission in matters associated with licence applications, variations and breaches.

Access the Liquor Act
 
Licence Types
Licence Type
Conditions
Full Liquor Licence
Permits the sale of alcoholic beverages on specific licensed premises. Standard conditions apply to all liquor licences and the person appointed as the nominee (manager) of licensed premises. Special conditions apply to particular types of premises such as public hotels, private hotels, restaurants, liquor merchants, off licences and roadside inns. Individual restrictions may be imposed on any liquor licences in relation to the nature of premises, the area in which premises are located etc.
Special Liquor Licence
Intended for the sale or supply of alcohol at one-off events, such as a function, concert or sporting event. A Special Liquor Licence must be obtained for the duration of the event to legally sell or supply alcoholic beverages. Holders of Special Liquor Licences may be community organisations, individuals, registered companies or partnerships. Specific regulations apply to functions that involve children. As a general policy, at events where children and minors are present the sale of alcohol is to be restricted to 2 hours late in the afternoon and limited to light beer or wine to be served with snacks. Refer to the Department of Justice's website for further details.
Continuing Special Licence
Generally granted to work place social clubs, sporting and non-profit associations. The licence hours must not exceed 30 hours per week. Applicants that intend to trade for longer should apply for a Full Liquor Licence. Applicants for the licence must complete a Responsible Service of Alcohol course. Full details of the proposed dates and times should be provided with each application.
 
Information on fees for the above liquor licences can be obtained from the Department of Justice's website.
 
Applying for a Liquor Licence
Applicants for a liquor licence must be willing to undergo a police check. All applicants mentioned on the licence must be checked including directors/shareholders, nominee and partners. Authority to Release Criminal History forms are available online at the
Department of Justice's website.
 
Individuals, registered companies or partnerships applying for liquor licences are required to identify one person as the nominee for the licence. A completed application form must be accompanied by the statutory fee and supporting documents which include:
  • Professionally drawn site and ground plans
  • Proof of title or lease
  • Proof of financial capacity
  • Details of any previous charges, offences or convictions
  • Company/partnership documentation
  • Detailed resume of the business to be conducted
  • Town Planning approval
  • Copies of newspaper advertisements
  • Identification of a person in the role of nominee (manager)
  • Business and personal references for the nominee
  • Personal profiles for the nominee, each director and each partner
  • Relevant certificates, permits and records of inspection
Liquor licence applicants are required to advertise the proposed licence in a local newspaper nominated by the Liquor Commission. A period of 30 days is then allowed for public comment. Following the 30 day period, the proposed licence (together with the supporting documentation and police checks) go before the Licensing Commission for a decision. The licensing procedure may include a hearing. The applicant and any person/s with objections may choose to be legally represented. Liquor licence applications can be downloaded from the Department of Justice's website. Licence applications should be lodged with a Territory Business Centre, details of which can be found on the Department of Justice's website.
 
Responsible Service of Alcohol
The liquor licence nominee must successfully complete a Responsible Service of Alcohol course. The nominee must also successfully complete a Liquor Act test, which requires familiarity with a number of sections of the Liquor Act. The nominee is expected to be familiar with the sections of the Liquor Act that apply to the licensed premises. The nominee must also comply with the Code of Practice to assist in responsible alcohol promotion. A list of training providers is available online at the
Department of Justice's website.
 
Further Information
Further information on liquor licensing in the Northern Territory can be obtained from the
Department of Justice or via one of the Licensing, Regulation and Alcohol Strategy offices Email: lr.doj@nt.gov.au

Darwin
Level 1, Enterprise House, 28-30 Knuckey Street, Darwin
GPO Box 1154, Darwin, NT 0801
Ph: 08 8999 1800
Fax: 08 8999 1888

Katherine
3/36 Katherine Terrace, Katherine
GPO Box 1154, Darwin, NT 0801
Ph: 08 8972 8906
Fax: 08 8972 8910

Alice Springs
Peter Sitzler Building
67 North Stuart Highway, Alice Springs
GPO Box 8470, Alice Springs NT 0871
Ph: 08 8951 8452
Fax: 08 8951 8591

 
Source: NT Department of Justice