The VCGLR have implemented a number of changes to internal processes surrounding the grant, variation, relocation and transfer of liquor licences which came into effect on 11 October 2018.
Automatic removal of demerit points on transfer of licence or BYO permit;
Demerit points that were incurred by a previous licensee/permittee will automatically be removed once a transfer application has been granted, unless there is a relevant relationship between the previous licensee/permittee and the transferee.
When the transfer of an existing licence or BYO permit takes effect;
The transfer of an existing licence or BYO permit takes effect when the VCGLR grants the application, or the date the transferee obtains the legal right to occupy the premises, whichever is later
Evidence of Planning Permission;
The VCGLR will be able to grant new liquor licence applications, variations and relocations before applicants obtain the relevant planning approval from their local council. However, the supply of liquor can only occur after both approval from the Commission and the Council has been obtained.
Changes to the Wine and Beer Producers Licence;
The wine and beer producer’s licence will be replaced by a new category of licence called the producer’s licence, which may be held by licensees who produce beer, wine, cider and spirits. The VCGLR have indicated that they will write to existing wine and beer producer’s licensees and provide them with a copy of their new producer’s licence. Licence conditions on existing wine and beer producers licenses will not change.
These changes are part of the Liquor and Gambling Legislation Amendment Act 2018 (LGLA Act), which was passed by the Victorian Parliament earlier this year. The LGLA Act amends several provisions of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998.
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