Limited Club Licence
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A limited club licence authorises the sale of liquor for
consumption on the club's premises.
The licence also authorises the sale of liquor:
For consumption on the licensed premises in accordance
with Section 36 of the Liquor Licensing Act 1997 and any
Extended Trading Authorisation.
At any time in a designated dining area to a diner
for consumption in that area with or ancillary to a
meal provided by the licensee in that area;
At any time in a designated reception area to a person
attending a reception for consumption in that area.
A limited club licence is granted on the following conditions:
The club will not hold a gaming machine licence;
The club will only sell liquor for consumption on
the club premises to a club member or a guest of a
club member who is also present at the club;
A member of the club will not be permitted to have more
than five guests on the club premises at any one time
(this may be a lesser number as determined by the
The club must keep the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner
informed of any changes to the club's management
committee. This includes notifying the Commissioner
of any new committee members, and when existing members
cease their involvement with the committee;
If the licensing authority notifies the club that it
considers a member of the management committee is not a
fit and proper person to be in a position of authority
in the club, the club must immediately take action to
have that person removed from the management committee.
Who Can Hold a Limited Club Licence
A limited club licence is generally held by a body that is a
non-profit association incorporated under the Associations
Incorporation Act 1985.
However, in certain circumstances, a licence may be granted
to a trustee if the association is unable to become incorporated
or it is inappropriate to require the incorporation of the association.
A limited club licence allows the licensee to trade as follows:
Monday to Saturday
between 5 am and midnight;
between 11 am and 8 pm; or
if the Sunday is New Year's Eve, between 11 am and midnight;
New Year's Day
between the hours of midnight and 2 am
(in addition to normal trading hours for that day);
between 9 am and 11 am;
At any time with a meal provided by the licensee for a diner in a
designated dining area, for consumption in that area.
An applicant for a limited club licence or an existing
licence holder can apply to the Liquor and Gambling
Commissioner for any of the following consents:
Extended Trading Authorisation (ETA)
If a licensee wishes to trade between midnight and 5 am Monday to
Saturday, or between 8 am or 11 am or 8 pm and midnight on a
Sunday, or between midnight and 2 am on Christmas Day,
the licensee may apply for an
Extended Trading Authorisation. This authorisation can not
operate on Good Friday, the day after Good Friday or the day after
If a licensee intends to provide
entertainment on the licensed premises, the licensee must
apply for an Entertainment Consent
Extension of Trading Area
If a licensee intends to trade in an area adjacent to the
licensed prmises, then a
Extension of Trading Area authorisation is required
for example drinking and/or dining on the footpath adjacent to the
Designated Dining Area
The designation of a dining area allows the sale of
liquor at any time to a diner for consumption with or
ancillary to a meal provided by the licensee in that area.
Designated Reception Area
The designation of a reception area allows the
sale of liquor at any time to a person attending
a reception for consumption in that area.
An applicant for a Limited Club licence or an existing licence
holder can apply to the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner for
any of the following exemptions:
Exemption from the Requirement for a Responsible Person:
An approved 'Responsible Person' is required to be on
the licensed premises during operating times. However,
section 97(2) of the Liquor Licensing Act allows for an
exemption or conditional exemption from this requirement.
When determining whether an exemption is appropriate, the
licensing authority must be satisfied as to the limited
scope of the business.
How to apply
How to apply for a Limited Club Licence