The main focus of a restaurant is for the supply and sale of meals prepared on the premises for people to consume on at the restaurant.
A restaurant licence authorises:
- the sale and supply of liquor ancillary to a meal to a patron seated at a dining table.
For a restaurant licence to be considered, a venue must have a kitchen equipped to provide meals, sufficient toilet facilities and a dining area must always be set up with tables and chairs for dining.
|Day ||When ||General Conditions |
| ||Open ||Close || |
|Monday to Sunday ||At any time ||(ancillary to a meal only) |
|New Year's Eve ||At any time ||(ancillary to a meal only) |
|Good Friday ||At any time ||(ancillary to a meal only) |
|Christmas Day ||At any time ||(ancillary to a meal only) |
|ANZAC Day ||Until 3.00am ANZAC Day morning; then, ||(ancillary to a meal only) |
|Any time after 12 noon ANZAC Day. ||(ancillary to a meal only) |
An application kit for a restaurant licence is available here.
Liquor Without a Meal Permit
A restaurant licensees' ability to serve liquor without a meal is not an automatic right.
A restaurateur may only supply liquor without a meal if they are granted an extended trading permit to do so.
Where a licensed premises has a maximum capacity of 120 persons or less the licensee will not be required to lodge a public interest submission with a liquor without a meal extended trading permit application. ETP - Restaurant Supply Liquor without a meal (Restricted to 120 persons or Less)
Where a licensed premises has a maximum capacity which is more than 120 persons, the licensee will be required to demonstrate that the application for a liquor without a meal extended trading permit is in the public interest. ETP - Restaurant Supply Liquor without a meal (over 120 persons)
Strict conditions may apply to 'liquor without a meal permits' including, but not restricted to:
- the restaurant must always be set up and presented for dining;
- tables can't be removed or shifted in order to create dance floors;
- the kitchen must be open and operating at all times liquor is available and the restaurant's regular full menu must be available at all times;
- liquor may only be consumed by patrons seated at a dining table;
- table service only by restaurant staff, no bar service;
- the venue can't be advertised as anything but a restaurant;
- the permit does not apply to any area currently trading under an 'al fresco' extended trading permit.
If a licensee is found in breach of the conditions of their permit, or if it is determined that the permit is no longer in the best interest of the public, the permit can be cancelled immediately.
An application kit for an extended trading permit - liquor without a meal licence is available here.