Temporary Authority

A Temporary Authority allows the new owner of a licensed premises to trade on an existing On or Off Licence until they obtain a new licence in their own name. It is normally issued for three months. A Temporary Authority cannot be issued to a club.

There must be a person with a Manager's Certificate on duty at all times when alcohol is being sold or supplied to the public under a Temporary Authority.

Applying for a Temporary Authority

Applications should be lodged at least 20 working days* before the takeover date. This allows the Licensing Inspector and Police to inquire into the application, and for the District Licensing Committee to determine it. A copy of the sale and purchase agreement or other evidence of legal entitlement is also required.

*Working days do not include weekends, public holidays or the period 20 December to 15 January inclusive.

Application Forms

Temporary Authority Application Form (89KB PDF)

Temporary Authority Fees

The fee for a Temporary Authority is $296.70.

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