Apply for an individual liquor permit

How to apply for an individual liquor permit

You can apply for a liquor permit if you are any of the following:

  • over 18 years old
  • a visitor or tourist who has recognised accommodation
  • a resident of an Indigenous community where alcohol is banned but allows their residents to have a permit.

Before you apply

Permanent residents

You must provide one of the following types of photo identification:

  • a Northern Territory driver licence
  • an 18+ proof of age card
  • an Australian passport or Australian Defence Force photo ID card and current electricity or phone bill to show proof of address.

You must also provide one of the following:

  • a phone, electricity or other bill in your name
  • or a letter from your local government community council or community association confirming your address.

And one of the following:

  • a Medicare card
  • a Centrelink Healthcare card.

If you are applying for a liquor permit in the Groote Eylandt area you must take your completed application to the Alyangula Police Station for a name check.

Once you have been cleared the police will forward your form to the permit office.

Read about ID.

Tourists or visitors

You will need to provide:

  • an itinerary, invoice or other document confirming your travel plans
  • and photo ID, such as a driver licence or passport.

Go to Travellers and tourists to the NT.

How to apply

To apply for an individual liquor permit follow these steps. You must complete the form relevant to your area.

Step 1. Complete your application online on the Licensing NT website or fill in the form:

Maningrida liquor permit 
Liquor permit for Maningrida general restricted area (48.5 kb)
Liquor permit for Maningrida general restricted area (46.7 kb)

Groote Eylandt liquor permit 
Liquor permit for Groote Eylandt general restricted area (46.8 kb)
Liquor permit for Groote Eylandt general restricted area (37.3 kb)

East Arnhem liquor permit 
Liquor permit for East Arnhem general restricted area (46.7 kb)
Liquor permit for East Arnhem general restricted area (37.4 kb)

Liquor permit for all other areas 
Liquor permit for all other areas (49.8 kb)
Liquor permit for all other areas (47.7 kb)

Step 2. Submit your form online or by email to Licensing NT including your identification documents.

Darwin

Fax (08) 8999 7498
LRASComplianceDWN.DOB@nt.gov.au 

or

Alice Springs

Fax: (08) 8951 5112
LRASComplianceASP.DOB@nt.gov.au 

If your application is refused

When you apply for a liquor permit, you agree to have a police check.

This information is used to help the police and the liquor permit committee in your area decide if you should have your application is approved.

If your application is refused you can ask for a review of the permit committee's decision. Your review will be handled by the office of the director-general of licensing.

To apply for a review you must fill in a:

Application for a review of a decision   (49.8 kb)
Application for a review of a decision (48.0 kb)

If your application is refused by the director-general's office you can choose to have your matter heard by Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NTCAT).

Read about NTCAT to find out how to apply for a review.

Apply for a liquor permit in East Arnhem

Read more about how to apply and the conditions for liquor permit holders in East Arnhem.

Residents of Gumatji and Laynhapuy homelands are not eligible to apply for a liquor permit.

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Last updated: 03 April 2018