FAQs: Hotel and hotel restricted licenses

Applying for a hotel licence in Western Australia is highly regulated and can be complicated.

Below are some frequently asked questions if you are considering making an application for a hotel or hotel restricted licence in WA.

Disclaimer – the information contained in this publication does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. You should seek legal advice in relation to any particular matter you may have before relying or acting on this information. The Lavan team are here to assist.
What is a hotel licence?
What is a hotel licence?

A full hotel licence authorises the sale and supply of liquor for consumption both on and off the hotel premises to hotel guests and other members of the public.  Usually overnight accommodation must be available and meals for house guests.

What is the difference between a hotel and hotel restricted licence?
What is the difference between a hotel and hotel restricted licence?

Under a full hotel licence, the licensee is authorised to sell packaged take-away liquor to the general public as well as to house guests.  This is usually done by way of a bottleshop area.

A hotel restricted licence only authorises packaged take-away sales to house guests.

Do people object or intervene in applications for hotel licenses?
Do people object or intervene in applications for hotel licenses?

Yes, sometimes. 

Some of the reasons why objections or interventions might be lodged include the following:

  • Close proximity of the hotel to sensitive places like schools or child care facilities.
  • Existing alcohol-related problems in the area.
  • The density of existing liquor licences.
  • The large size of the bar areas proposed.
  • The entertainment proposed.
  • Noise concerns.
  • Amenity issues.
Do meals have to be provided at hotels?
Do meals have to be provided at hotels?

Generally, yes.

Can hotels operate under a hotel management agreement?
Can hotels operate under a hotel management agreement?

It depends on the terms of the agreement.  The types of hotel management agreements that are common in the eastern states and overseas are usually not capable of getting liquor licensing approval in Western Australia.

What hotel licences has Lavan worked on?
What hotel licences has Lavan worked on?

Lavan has worked with the following clients:

  • Alex Hotel Perth.
  • Bali Hai.
  • Crowne Perth.
  • Duxton.
  • Hotel Inn Perth City Centre.
  • Ibis Perth.
  • Mercure Perth Novotel.
  • New Esplanade Hotel.
  • Rydges.
  • Terrace Hotel.