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. 



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

Location ​Submissions
​Chatswood pdf icon NSLHD Submission: Development Application​-Bridgeview Hotel (DA 2018/400)
​Meadowbank pdf icon ​NSLHD Submission: Family Mart, Meadowbank - Notice of intention to apply for a packaged liquor licence
​NSW pdf icon ​NSLHD Responses: Liquor & Gaming NSW Application Noticeboard Survey
​Crow's Nest pdf icon ​NSLHD Submission: Flannery's Crows Nest - Notice of intention for packaged liquor licence
​West Ryde pdf icon ​NSLHD Submission: West Ryde Hotel - Notice of intention to extend trading hours
​Asquith pdf icon NSLHD Submission: Notice of Intention for Packaged Liquor Licence - Williams Wines 412 Peats Ferry Rd
​Eastwood pdf icon NSLHD Submission: Notice of Intention to Extend Trading Hours - 75 Rowe St
​Manly pdf icon NSLHD Submission: Liquor Licence Application - Shop 9, 2-14 Pittwater rd
​Chatswood pdf icon NSLHD Submission: Notice of Intention - Miracle Liquor
​North Turramurra pdf icon NSLHD Submission: IGA Turramurra - Packaged Licence Application
​NSW pdf icon NSLHD Submission: Review of the NSW Liquor Promotion Guidelines
​NSW pdf icon NSLHD Submission: Regulatory Impact Statement & proposed Liquor Regulation 2018
​National pdf icon ​NSLHD Submission: National Alcohol Strategy 2018-2028 Consultation Draft
​Mosman pdf icon NSLHD Submission: Dan Murphy's Mosman - Extension of Trading Hours
​NSW pdf icon NSLHD Submission: Community Impact Statement Evaluation


Reviewing Liquor Licences

DensityWhen reviewing liquor licences applications Health Promotion considers the following:


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.


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.


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.

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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).

 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.

Examples of our development consent application submissions:

Dan Murphys, Mosman

 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.

Examples of our notice of intention submissions:

Miracle Liquor, Chatswood

Shop 9, 2-14 Pittwater Rd, Manly
Moko Hotel, Eastwood

 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.

 ​Application Lodgement with L&GNSW

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.

Examples of our liquor licence application submissions:

Aldi, Mosman
Cellarbrations, Freshwater
DC Mart, Hornsby

 Policy & Planning Reviews

​Policy and planning documents associated with alcohol regulation & control undergo reviews and updates. The review periods provide the community with an opportunity to make submissions for improvement.

Examples of our policy & planning review submissions:

Regulatory Impact Statement & Proposed Liquor Regulation 2018
National Alcohol Strategy 2018-2026 Consultation
Liquor Promotion Guideline Review
Evaluation of the Community Impact Statement Requirement

​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)