Health Promotion's Reducing Access to Alcohol project aims to reduce the harm related to access to alcohol.

Legislation and regulation of licensed premises is often intended to reduce harm related to alcohol, and Health Promotion has an important role in ensuring these controls are applied and implemented appropriately. 

A range of processes are required before retailers and venues can obtain or change a liquor licence. 

This is where Health Promotion can step in and provide evidence-based recommendations objecting to problematic liquor licence applications that are likely to generate harm. 

 

​Submissions

Check out our latest submissions related to liquor licensing and other planning documents:

Location ​Submissions
​Mosman pdf icon NSLHD Submission: Dan Murphy's Mosman - Extension of Trading Hours
​Milson's Point pdf icon NSLHD Submission: Chambers Cellars - Change of Boundary
​Hornsby pdf icon NSLHD Submission: DC Mart Hornsby
​NSW pdf icon Submission: Evaluation of the Community Impact Statement Requirement for Liquor Licence Applications
​Freshwater pdf icon NSLHD Submission: Cellarbrations
​North Sydney pdf icon NSLHD Submission: BWS
​NSW pdf icon NSLHD Submission: Dept. Planning and Environment - House Keeping Amendment to the State Policy for Exempt & Complying Development
​​NSW pdf icon ​​NSLHD Submission: NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal Hearing
Mosman pdf icon NSLHD Submission: ALDI Foods
​Milsons Point pdf icon NSLHD Submission: Chambers Cellars
​Eastwood pdf icon NSLHD Submission: Redcape Hotel Group (Red Lantern Hotel), Rowe St Eastwood
​Manly pdf icon NSLHD Submission: On-Premise Licence (Ferry) - MV Narrabeen, MV Freshwater
​Manly pdf icon NSLHD Submission: General Bar, Lvl 1, 33 South Steyne, Manly
​Manly pdf icon NSLHD Submission: Hugo's Restaurant

 

Reviewing Liquor Licences

DensityWhen reviewing liquor licences applications Health Promotion considers the following:

Density

The density of liquor outlets in the surrounding area is important as higher densities are associated with increased alcohol related assaults, domestic violence, poorer health outcomes, aggressive price discounting, increased exposure to alcohol by minors, and other harms.

Proximity

Liquor outlets close to child and youth facilities (e.g. schools, youth centres, early childhood centres), mental health facilities, and vulnerable communities can lead to increased exposure and the secondary supply of alcohol.

Appropriateness

Within areas with an already high number of alcohol related assaults and hospitalisations, increasing access to alcohol, along with requests for extended trading hours is associated with further violence and anti-social behaviour.

Licence Category

It’s important to ensure the category of licence being applied for is appropriate for the proposed business and potential clientele.

Accessing liquor 

Liquor Licence Processes

A range of processes are required before retailers and venues can obtain or change a liquor licence. These may include Council Development Consents, Notice of Intentions, Community Impact Statements and Application Lodgement with ILGA (Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority).

 Community Impact Statement

For certain licence types, a Community Impact Statement (CIS) requires the applicant to consult with the local community to gauge the level of community support for the proposal and to specifically address any issues that arise from this consultation process.

 

 Development Consent

Development consent from Council may be required for a new liquor licence, or for any changes to a liquor licence, including licence-related authorisations.

Submissions can be made to the Council by the local community, neighbouring businesses and local authorities during exhibition.

 Notice of Intention

For most licence types, notification of an application must be provided to the occupier of neighbouring premises, and to the local Police and Council.  Submissions are made directly to the applicant.

 

 ​Application Lodgement with ILGA

All liquor licence applications are lodged with the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority.

Interested parties can make submissions on applications listed on Liquor and Gaming’s online noticeboard.

More information at
Liquor and Gaming NSW Noticeboard.

​Further Information:

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) has developed a tool kit to guide the community take action in tackling the availability of alcohol.

More information: Tackling the Availability of Alcohol (ADF)