Application for the Surrender of a Licence
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What is the Surrender of a Licence?
Under Section 67 of the Liquor Licensing Act 1997, a
licensee may by written agreement with the Liquor and
Gambling Commissioner, apply to surrender a licence from a fixed
date. Before agreeing to the surrender of a licence, the
Commissioner must inquire into the proposed use of the
premises to which the licence applies.
The Commissioner will usually request confirmation that
the landlord is aware of the intent of the licensee to
surrender the licence.
The surrender of a licence does not affect liabilities
incurred by the licensee under the Act up to the date on
which the surrender takes effect. For example, if the
licensee is facing disciplinary action, surrender of the
licence will not affect the progress of that action.
What if there are Gaming Machines Involved?
If a licensee surrenders a liquor licence, the gaming
machine licence will automatically be surrendered.
If a licensee wishes to surrender only the gaming machine
licence, the licensee must notify the Commissioner in
writing, and the licence will cease to operate on
acceptance by the Commissioner.
The Commissioner cannot accept the surrender of a gaming
machine licence unless satisfied that all gaming machines
have been removed from the premises.
As the surrender of a licence does not affect liabilities
incurred by the licensee, the licensee is liable for any
gaming tax outstanding up to the date of surrender.
Documents Required for an Application for the Surrender of a Licence
An application must include the following:
Application for the surrender of a licence form
Application for the surrender of a gaming machine licence form
Other Documentation Required only if Relevant to the
If the applicant does not own the freehold:
A letter of consent from the landlord
If specifically requested:
Copy of Certificate of Title