Exploring liquor licensing reform options

Tell us what you think about options to align liquor licensing and planning approvals and options for a risk-based licensing model.

The liquor licensing system can at times be complex for businesses and the community to navigate. The NSW Government wants to modernise the liquor licensing system and make it easier for licensed businesses in NSW to start, grow and diversify, while managing the risk of alcohol-related harm and making it easier for the community to have their say.

We have developed the Liquor Licensing Reform Options Discussion Paper and Attachments which set out possible reform options and is broken up into Part A and Part B.

Part A: Options to streamline the approval processes for licensing and planning applications. We want to achieve:

  • quicker, easier application processes;
  • enhanced, more accessible public consultation;
  • reduced overlap of conditions and Plans of Management.

Part B: Options for a new risk-based liquor licence model. We want to achieve:

  • more flexible ongoing licence options, fewer licences and classes, with more opportunities for diversity in licensed premises;
  • simpler conditions and expanded trading opportunities that support a vibrant, safe 24-hour economy;
  • customer-centric, risk-based licensing and regulation enabled by digital solutions;
  • improved temporary licensing options to support more one-off events, pop-up bars and producer's promotions.

Tell us what you think

To have your say on liquor licensing reform in NSW, complete as many of the activities as you'd like. You can complete the quick poll, the survey, tell us about your idea or provide us with a written submission. Your feedback will help inform the direction the NSW Government takes on these reforms.

This is an in-depth, industry focused consultation, so please be aware that it may take up to an hour or more to complete the survey. If you cannot complete this survey within the estimated time, we suggest you register your details, as this will allow you to save your progress and complete at a time of your choosing.

Consultation is open until 5:00 pm on Tuesday 13 December 2022.

Tell us what you think about options to align liquor licensing and planning approvals and options for a risk-based licensing model.

The liquor licensing system can at times be complex for businesses and the community to navigate. The NSW Government wants to modernise the liquor licensing system and make it easier for licensed businesses in NSW to start, grow and diversify, while managing the risk of alcohol-related harm and making it easier for the community to have their say.

We have developed the Liquor Licensing Reform Options Discussion Paper and Attachments which set out possible reform options and is broken up into Part A and Part B.

Part A: Options to streamline the approval processes for licensing and planning applications. We want to achieve:

  • quicker, easier application processes;
  • enhanced, more accessible public consultation;
  • reduced overlap of conditions and Plans of Management.

Part B: Options for a new risk-based liquor licence model. We want to achieve:

  • more flexible ongoing licence options, fewer licences and classes, with more opportunities for diversity in licensed premises;
  • simpler conditions and expanded trading opportunities that support a vibrant, safe 24-hour economy;
  • customer-centric, risk-based licensing and regulation enabled by digital solutions;
  • improved temporary licensing options to support more one-off events, pop-up bars and producer's promotions.

Tell us what you think

To have your say on liquor licensing reform in NSW, complete as many of the activities as you'd like. You can complete the quick poll, the survey, tell us about your idea or provide us with a written submission. Your feedback will help inform the direction the NSW Government takes on these reforms.

This is an in-depth, industry focused consultation, so please be aware that it may take up to an hour or more to complete the survey. If you cannot complete this survey within the estimated time, we suggest you register your details, as this will allow you to save your progress and complete at a time of your choosing.

Consultation is open until 5:00 pm on Tuesday 13 December 2022.