We encourage you to talk with us early about your plans. We are happy to have preliminary enquiry discussions with you at any time. All new licence premises applications require a formal lodgement meeting to file your application.
We encourage you to have preliminary enquiry discussions with us, as these are an opportunity for you to discuss your proposed new premises with alcohol licensing inspectors. If you are planning to locate to a new building or making substantial changes to an existing building that may need consents or permits, we recommend you also seek advice from the planning and consents teams at Council.
Preliminary discussions with us are encouraged as early as possible before you start completing your lodgement documentation. This is a good idea for all:
Discussions with us early in your planning process, well before you lodge your application, will help you prepare a comprehensive application and avoid unnecessary processing delays.
Information developers, building owners and prospective tenants need to know early in the process about alcohol and food licensing and compliance requirements for hospitality developments.
There is no cost for preliminary enquiry discussions or meetings with inspectors.
The meeting (held at the Council’s Offices at 53 Hereford Street, Ground floor) will be with an alcohol licensing inspector. In some instances a representative from other reporting agencies of alcohol licences (Police and Medical Officer of Health) may also attend.
At the meeting discussions we'll discuss:
Please note: Inspectors will give their professional opinion on the proposal and provide guidance where possible. However, the meeting is not intended to pre-empt the outcome of the alcohol licensing decision-making process.
A formal lodgement meeting is required with an alcohol licensing inspector in order to file your application for a new premises licence or variation application.
The purpose of the meeting is for the Inspector to confirm:
This information will enable the inspector to calculate the fees payable on your application and to issue you with an invoice for your application and annual fees, which must accompany your application. Applications will not be accepted unless they are complete and the correct fees have been paid.
Phone the Alcohol Licensing team on 03 941 8999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to make an appointment with an inspector for a lodgement meeting. When making your appointment we need to know:
There is no cost for lodgement meetings with inspectors.