Convert your liquor licence

On 1 October 2019, the Northern Territory Liquor Act came into effect.

If you had a valid liquor licence on 30 September 2019, you can continue to operate under that licence until 1 October 2020.

If you want to keep operating after that date, you will need to convert your licence to an equivalent one.

To do this, you must apply to convert your licence by 1 April 2020.

If you don't apply, Licensing NT will convert your licence without your consent or participation.


Under the Liquor Act 2019, you will have to pay a risk-based annual licensing fee.

You won't need to pay this fee until January 2021.

The amount you pay will depend on the risk classification attached to your licence.

To find out how much you might need to pay, use the online calculator on the alcohol reform website.

The Director of Liquor Licensing will write to you to tell you how much your annual fee is, before 1 October each year.

Before applying, check the conditions attached to your current licence.

This will help you decide which authority or authorities to apply for when filling in your application.

To apply, follow these steps:

Step 1.  Fill in the application to convert a liquor licence to an equivalent licence.

Application to convert a liquor licence to an equivalent licence PDF (706.2 KB)
Application to convert a liquor licence to an equivalent licence  DOCX (693.2 KB)

Step 2. Submit your form to Licensing NT before 1 April 2020.

If you disagree with the conditions and/or authorities applied to your new licence, you can apply for a review of the decision.

For more information, contact Licensing NT.

Last updated: 14 April 2020

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