It’s that time of the year again, when annual licence fees must be paid.

The licensing authority should be issuing its annual licence fee notice to all licensees in the next few weeks for all licences and extended trading permits.

The notices would be mailed out to licensees’ nominated addresses which are recorded in the licensing authority’s system.  This may be the licensed premises itself, the office of a licensee’s agent/representative (ie lawyer or accountant), or a different location altogether.  Licensees should check with the licensing authority that their address and contact details are up to date.

Licensees that have an online account with the licensing authority may also obtain a copy of their annual licence fee notices through the licensing authority’s portal.  Please note that there will be no email notification when the annual licence fee notice is uploaded to the online portal.  Licensees will need to log in to check for their notices.

Ultimately, licensees are responsible for paying their annual licence or permit fees on time, before 1 January 2019, whether or not the annual licence fee notice has been received.  Licensees should follow up with the licensing authority if they have not received a notice by mid December 2018.

Failure to pay the annual licence or permit fees on time may result in fines being issued, suspension or even cancellation of licences or permits.