If you are planning to sell or serve alcohol you will need to apply for a Victorian Liquor Licence. There are a number of different types of licences that are differentiated by the size of the establishment and the amount of alcohol sold or served. Common type of liquor licences include:
- Renewable Limited Licence (includes B&Bs, small wineries, small motels with mini bars etc.)
- Vigneron Licence (large wine makers)
- Club Licences
- Restaurant and Cafe Licence
- General Licence (includes hotels, clubs and taverns)
Issues that influence what type of liquor licence you will require include:
- The licence time period (for how long will you require a liquor licence?)
- Where will the alcohol be consumed - on premises or taken away?
- Land use restrictions and requirements
Businesses where the supply of liquor is only a small part of the products and services on offer are exempt from the requirement to hold a liquor licence. This may includes businesses such as some bed and breakfasts, hairdressers, florists, gift makers, butchers, hospitals, residential care services, retirement villages and cruise ships.