Apply for a liquor licence
Who can apply
You can apply as an individual, partnership or company. You must be able to prove you are a 'fit and proper' person to be a licensee. Read more about who can apply to be an approved licensee.
All new licence applications can be made online. If you are interested in wholesale, find out how to register as a wholesaler of liquor.
How long it takes
The time your application takes can depend on its type and complexity.
Special event licences are usually processed within three weeks.
For other types of liquor licences, it can take four months to receive a decision on your application. This depends on the time it takes at each below stage. Simpler applications will be processed quicker.
- Assessment - up to four weeks - can take longer if you haven't attached all the details needed.
- Advertising and objection - up to eight weeks - time will be reduced if there are no objections to the application.
- Liquor Commission determination - at least four weeks - the commission is an independent decision-maker for liquor licence applications.
What you need
You will need to identify at least one nominee. Your nominee is responsible for the day-to-day management of the licensed premises. It's good to have more than one nominee, in case they get sick or change jobs.
Your application fee depends on the licence type:
- special and major events - $21 (17 revenue units)
- other liquor licences - $205 (166 revenue units).
Pay your application fee when you apply online or at a Territory Business Centre after you submit.
Liquor licence holders must also pay an annual fee based on the risk classification of their licence. Find out how much you might need to pay using the calculator on the alcohol reform website.
How to apply
Other ways to apply
If you can't apply online, submit an application using the form below.
Step 1. Fill in the relevant form
Other liquor licences
Step 2. Check you have the right authorities and attachments
Make sure you have attached all of your supporting documents and chosen the right authority types.
Step 3. Submit
Submit your form with all supporting documents and pay the fee at your nearest Territory Business Centre.
You can also email it and a receipt of the fee to email@example.com.
Contact Licensing NT if you have any questions.
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Last updated: 01 July 2021
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