Apply for an individual liquor permit

Apply for a liquor permit in East Arnhem

If you live in the East Arnhem region, including the Gunyangara, Yirrkala, Ski Beach, Galupa and Nhulunbuy communities, you can apply for a liquor permit.

These areas are dry areas.

There are restrictions on how much alcohol you can drink depending on the conditions of your permit.

You can also find out how to apply for a permit if you're a:

  • regular visitor with recognised accommodation
  • tourist.

Who can apply

You can apply for a permit if you're over 18 years old and are one of the following:

  • a permanent or long-term resident
  • a visitor with recognised accommodation
  • a tourist.

Before you apply

If you're applying for a permit as a short-term visitor or long-term resident, you must have one of the following.

  • a current driver licence
  • passport
  • an evidence of age card (also known as 18+ card)

You will also need to provide either:

  • proof of employment
  • proof of residence eg. power bill.

If you're an overseas tourist, you can apply for a short-term visitor permit.

You must have one of the following:

  • government issued photo ID card
  • passport
  • proof of residence
  • proof of employment.

Read more about identification.

What you can apply for

There are 2 types of permits you can apply for if you're living or visiting communities in the East Arnhem region.

Permanent or long-term permits

If you have lived in the region for more than one year, you are classed as a long-term resident.

You will have to apply for a long-term liquor permit. Permits are valid for 3 years unless revoked.

You must reapply for a new permit when it expires.

Short-term (visitor) permits

If you don't live in the area, you will have to apply for a short-term liquor permit.

They are given to tourists or visitors who have recognised accommodation.

You can apply to have a short-term permit to cover the length of your stay.

If your stay runs longer than the life of the permit, you will need to reapply for a new one.

If you are a visitor living with a permanent or long-term resident, you can drink alcohol under the resident's permit while you wait for your permit.

To do this, the:

  • permanent resident must have a current permit
  • visitor must follow the conditions of the resident's permit
  • permanent resident can give you alcohol, but only out of their own amount.

If a visitor breaks any of the permanent resident's permit conditions, the permit holder can have their permit revoked.

Liquor permits issued outside the general restricted area are not valid if you are visiting the region. If you are found guilty of any breaches in the general restricted area, your permit can be revoked.

Frequent visitors

If you are a frequent visitor, such as government employee or contractor who regularly works in the general restricted area, you may need to apply for a long-term liquor permit.

How much alcohol you are allowed

Takeaway alcohol restrictions are decided by what level your permit is set at.

There are 6 levels for permit holders who live in Nhulunbuy. All other areas of East Arnhem including Gunyangara and Yirrkala communities have access to the first four levels.

If you are a new permit holder or having your permit reinstated after a ban, you must start at level 1.

You will remain on each level for one month. At the end of each month, you need to apply to the permit committee to have you level reviewed.

Level 1

You are allowed to buy:

  • six 375ml cans of light beer and/or one bottle of wine.

Level 2

You are allowed to buy:

  • 6 cans of 375ml mid-strength beer and/or one bottle of wine or
  • 12 cans of light beer and/or one bottle of wine.

Level 3

You are allowed by buy one of the following:

  • 6 cans of 375ml full-strength beer and/or one bottle of wine
  • 12 mid-strength cans and/or one bottle of wine
  • 6 cans of 375ml premix.

Level 4

You are allowed to buy one of the following::

  • 12 cans of 375ml full-strength beer and/or 2 bottles of wine
  • 24 cans of mid-strength beer and/or 2 bottles of wine
  • 12 cans of 375ml premix and/or 2 bottles of wine.

If you live in Nhulunbuy, there are 2 extra levels available on your permit.

Level 5 and 6 are only available to permit holders who live in that community.

Level 5

You are allowed to buy one of the following:

  • one 30 pack carton of 375ml full-strength beer cans and/or 2 bottles of wine
  • one 30 pack carton of 375ml mid-strength beer cans and/or 2 bottles of wine
  • 24 cans of 375ml premix and/or 2 bottles of wine.

Level 6

If you live in Nhulunbuy and you hold a level 6 permit, your choice of takeaway alcohol is unrestricted.

How to apply

To apply for a liquor permit, follow these steps:

Step 1. Fill in the liquor permit for East Arnhem form.

Liquor permit for East Arnhem form PDF (206.8 KB)
Liquor permit for East Arnhem form DOCX (73.7 KB)

Step 2. Submit your form and supporting documents by emailing them to DITT.LRASComplianceDWN@nt.gov.au.

Contacts

Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade
PO Box 1421
Nhulunbuy NT 0881
ditt.eastarnhem@nt.gov.au

Liquor Permits – Licensing NT
GPO Box 1154
Darwin NT 0801

Phone: 08 8999 1800

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Last updated: 10 November 2022

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