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.
Step 2. Attach the name and fingerprint certificate to your application.
You can also email it and a copy of the receipt fee to email@example.com.
If your application does not have all of the supporting information, it will be returned to you.
Check what supporting documents you will need
Types of documents
- national police certificate name and fingerprint also known as a criminal history
- affidavit - read documents for your liquor licence application
- draft public notice
- transfer application receipt
- detailed site or floor plans of the proposed material operations or changes to the licenced area
- lease title or contract to occupy and continue operations of a liquor licence on the premises
- business name and food business certificate of registration
- if applying on behalf of a club:
- club incorporation certificates
- general meeting minutes and
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.
Evidence of financial stability to be established along with fit and proper assessments as required by Licensing in the application for:
- 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:
- 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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