Public holiday trading
Changes to the NT Liquor Act
On 1 October 2019, liquor laws changed in the Northern Territory (NT).
Find out about changes to the NT liquor laws.
Licensed premises in the Northern Territory (NT) must follow liquor licence conditions for public holiday trading.
If you are a licensee with a club authority, you can trade between 4:30am and 10am on Anzac Day by providing:
- the Director of Liquor Licensing a copy of your authorisation from a sub-branch of the Returned Services League (RSL):
- at least 28 days before the event and
- a light meal or full meal during trading hours.
You can host a game of two-up on behalf of an RSL club if it has given you approval. All profits must go to the RSL club.
If you don't have a club authority, you must apply for a special event authority to carry out any commemorations outside of your normal trading hours.
If you are granted a special event authority, the above conditions apply.
Good Friday and Christmas Day
The sale of takeaway liquor on Good Friday and Christmas Day is prohibited.
You can sell liquor to patrons on Good Friday and Christmas Day between 11am and 9pm with a full meal if you have any of the following authorities:
- restaurant bar
- public bar.
If you have a different authority, check your liquor licence for your permitted hours of trade.
New Year's Eve
You can trade until 2am on New Year's Day if you have any of the following authorities:
- restaurant bar
- public bar
- small bar
If you have a late night authority, you can trade for an additional hour on New Year’s Eve.
You must notify the Director of Liquor Licensing by 3 December each year for additional hours.
Operating without giving notice is a breach of regulations and you risk disciplinary action.
For anything outside of this, you must apply for a special event authority or variation of licence conditions.
How to give notice
To give notice, follow these steps:
Step 1. Fill in the notice to director of extension of hours form.
Step 2. Submit the form to your nearest Licensing NT office.
For more information, contact Licensing NT.
Last updated: 28 October 2021
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