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A hotel licence authorises the sale of liquor for consumption
on and off the licensed premises under Section 32 of the Liquor
Licensing Act 1997.
A hotel licensee has an obligation to trade between 11 am and
8 pm Monday to Saturday, (except Good Friday and Christmas Day)
and to provide a meal to a member of the public on request at
any time between noon and 2 pm and between 6 pm and 8 pm on any
day on which the licensed premises is open to the public for
the sale of liquor.
The licensee can apply to the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner
for exemptions from these requirements.
The licensee is also permitted to sell liquor:
to a lodger at any time;
At any time in a designated dining area to a diner for
consumption with or ancillary to a meal provided by the
licensee in that area (including Good Friday and Christmas Day)
At any time in a designated reception area to a person
attending a reception for consumption in that area (including Good
Friday and Christmas Day).
A hotel licence allows the licensee to sell liquor for consumption
on or off the licensed premises 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 through direct sales transactions.
If liquor is to be delivered to an address in South
Australia, it must be delivered during authorised 'carry-off'
trading hours on any day (other than Good Friday and
An applicant for a Hotel 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 may
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.
Obtaining a Hotel Licence
To obtian a Hotel Licence, the Applicant(s) must:
Under Section 58 of the Liquor Licensing Act satisfy the licensing
authority that there is a need for a hotel in the
proposed locality and that the proposed premises
have all the necessary planning and building
approvals. Furthermore the applicant(s) must show
that the operation of the licence would not detract
from the amenity of the locality by causing undue
offence, annoyance disturbance or inconvenience to
those who work, worship or reside in the area; that
the premises are suitable for a hotel licence and
that a hotel licence is suitable for the business
Under Section 153 of the Liquor Licensing Act
satisfy the licensing authority that they are a
fit and proper person to hold the licence.
The application will require advertising.
How to Apply
How to apply for a Hotel Licence