The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Regulation issues liquor licences.  However, often before a liquor licence can be issued a planning permit will be required.


A planning permit is required to use land to sell or consume liquor if any of the following apply:

  • A licence is required under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998.
  • A different licence or category of licence is required from that which is in force.
  • The hours of trading allowed under a licence are to be extended.
  • The number of patrons allowed under a licence is to be increased.
  • The area that liquor is allowed to be consumed or supplied under a licence is to be increased.

Clause 52.27 of the Planning Scheme sets out all requirements relating to planning permits associated with liquor licences.

An application for a planning permit for a liquor licence must be supported by all of the information required by the Liquor Licence Checklist. Professionally drawn plans to scale showing the subject site and neighbouring development will be required.  All of the area proposed to be licensed must be detailed with a red line, known as the ‘red line licensed area’.  If the footpath is proposed to be licensed then this must also be included within the red line area.   

Some types of liquor licence applications will require a cumulative impact assessment.  Contact Council to determine whether a cumulative impact assessment will be required.  If an assessment is required, the following Practice Note should be followed:

Liquor Licences that Do Not Require a Planning Permit

Certain types of liquor licences, such as a limited licence, do not require a planning permit.  In these instances an application for the liquor licence can be made direct to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Regulation (VCGR).  

Before applying for a liquor licence with the VCGR, you will need from Council written confirmation that a planning permit is not required.  Council provides written confirmation for a fee of $48.  To request this written confirmation simply lodge a written request with Council. 


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