Potentially, yes. It will depend on various circumstances relating to the event/function. You may possibly need an “occasional licence”.
Some one-off events/functions may be exempted from requiring an occasional liquor licence. Click here to view the exemptions.
An occasional liquor licence grants temporary licensing approval, authorising the sale and supply of liquor for a short, specified period of time in relation to a one-off event/function. Conditions apply and can vary from event to event.
Occasional licences are not obtainable as of right. One must apply for an occasional licence and the licensing authority has the discretion whether to grant one or not.
Occasional liquor licence applications must be lodged online via the licensing authority’s website at rgl.wa.gov.au.
For events being held in regional areas for less than 500 attendees, occasional liquor licence applications can be lodged on paper through the local court house.
The timeframe required for lodgement depends on the number of attendees expected at the event/function. The guidelines are set out in the table below:
|Number of Attendees
|Lodge no later than
|Up to 250 people
|Between 251 and 500 people
|Between 501 and 1,000 people
|Between 1,001 and 5,000 people
|Between 5,001 people and 10,000 people
|Over 10,000 people
Don’t give up. There may possibly still be time. The licensing authority has the discretion to accept late applications in some cases.
Details of the following will likely be required for most applications. More information will be needed in some cases.
Generally speaking, yes, in most cases, but not always. Also, staff who are involved with the liquor service should hold a Responsible Service of Alcohol certificate.
“Profit sharing” under the liquor legislation has a very broad meaning and captures a lot of different scenarios.
In short, profit sharing is where it is intended that someone other than the holder of the event/function (who is the applicant for the licence) will receive proceeds from the conduct of the event/function, either directly or indirectly.
Quite likely, yes. It will depend on various circumstances relating to the event/function.