Transfer a liquor licence

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.

If you hold a liquor licence in the Northern Territory (NT), you can transfer your licence to either:

  • an individual
  • a partnership
  • a company.

Before applying, you need to arrange a police history check for the person or people you are transferring the licence to, including any nominees.

Certificates are issued by SafeNT and can sometimes take weeks to process.

To transfer a liquor licence, you must apply as if you are requesting a new licence.

Follow these steps:

Step 1. Fill in the application to transfer a liquor licence.

Application to transfer a liquor licence PDF (212.5 KB)
Application to transfer a liquor licence DOCX (68.6 KB)

Step 2. Attach the name and fingerprint certificate to your application.

Step 3. Submit your application with all supporting documents and pay the fee at your nearest Territory Business Centre.

You can also email it and a copy of the receipt fee to

If your application does not have all of the supporting information, it will be returned to you.

Check what supporting documents you will need

Read the application to find out what supporting documents you will need.

You must include these with your application.

If you don't, your application may be returned to you as incomplete.

Licensing NT may also ask for additional documents. They will tell you.

Types of documents

Below are the types of supporting documents you may need to have ready to provide:

Can also include the following

Responsible service of alcohol (RSA)

Provide nationally accredited RSA certificate. If your certificate is more than three years old, you will need to provide a refresher certificate. Go to Hospitality NT website for training courses.

Financial stability

Evidence of financial stability to be established along with fit and proper assessments as required by Licensing in the application for:

  • business
  • individual
  • licencee and nominees.

Find out more about licence nominees and executive officers under 'all other applications'.

Australian Investment Securities Commission (ASIC) extract

Get a full extract for companies listing:

  • directors
  • shareholders
  • members, and
  • any other linked proposed licensed premises or company extracts.

If your application is complete, Licensing NT will assess it and tell you if you need to advertise a liquor licence application.

This involves displaying a notice outside your venue. It may also involve publishing a notice in a newspaper.

If you need to advertise your application, you will be notified within 14 days of your application being accepted.

Local authorities like NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services, and the Department of Health will be notified of your application and will be able to give feedback.

If your licensed premises is in a local government area, the local council will also be told and given an opportunity to comment.

Once the advertising period is over, the Liquor Commission will review your application and issue a decision notice.

If it is approved, a certificate of transfer will be issued to the new licence holder.

Last updated: 05 October 2021

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