Liquor Licence Applications

An approved planning permit or written consent from Council is required for most liquor licence applications to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCLGR). This ensures that the use of licensed premises  are consistent and appropriate for that proposed area.

It is a condition of every licence (excluding pre-retail, BYO, limited and major event licences) that the use of the licensed premises does not breach any regulations of the Latrobe Planning Scheme or the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

A planning permit or permission is required for:

  • General licence
  • On-premises licence
  • Restaurant and café licence
  • Packaged liquor licence
  • Club licence (full and restricted)
  • Wine and beer producers licence

A planning permit is also required to:

  • Change to a different liquor licence or category of licence
  • Extend the hours of an existing licence
  • Increase the existing ‘red line’ licensing area
  • Increase the patron numbers allowed under an existing licence

A planning permit is not required:

  • For a limited licence
  • For the reduction in licensed hours, or patron numbers or licensed area
  • If a different licence or category of licence is required solely as a result of changes to Liquor licence categories.

All liquor licence applications are referred to Victoria Police and Council’s Community Strengthening Department for consideration.

Applying for a planning permit for a liquor licence

A planning permit may or may not be required to sell or consume liquor on a premise. Before you start, the following information should be confirmed with a Council Planner:

  • If a planning permit* is required
  • If other planning controls or conditions apply
  • If an application can be made under VicSmart*

If a planning permit is required, a planning permit application must be lodged with Council for assessment and accompanied with the following information:

Forms, fees and documents

  • Completed Planning Permit Application form
  • Paid Planning Permit Application fee
  • Copy of title dated not more than 60 days old including:
    • Plan of Subdivision or Title Plan
    • Restrictive Covenants (if any)
    • Section 173 Agreements (if any)

Plans

  • Three copies of plans including (but not limited to):
    • Drawn to scale
    • One A3 size copy
  • Site Plan including:
    • North point
    • Boundaries and dimensions of the site
    • Adjoining roads
    • Existing or proposed easements and services
    • Location and layout of existing and proposed buildings and works including setbacks to boundaries
    • Location and use of buildings and works on adjoining land
  • Floor Plan including:
    • Existing and/or proposed area for the sale or consumption of liquor outlined by a red line
    • Existing and/or proposed footpath trading including table and chair locations and numbers
  • Liquor license details including:
    • Existing and/or proposed type of licence
    • Existing and/or proposed hours of trading under liquor licence
    • Existing and/or proposed number of patrons
    • The cumulative impact of any existing licensed premises and the proposed licensed premises on the amenity of the surrounding area. See Planning Practice Note 61 June 2015 Licenses premises: Assessing cumulative impact (hyperlinked) – confirm if required with Council Planner

Reports (confirm if required with Council Statutory Planner)

  • Planning Report including a response to:
    • Relevant zone
    • Relevant overlays
    • Relevant state and local planning policy
    • Relevant particular provisions
    • Use of land including (but not limited to):
      • The existing or proposed use
      • Type of business and operation activities
      • Staff and patron numbers
      • Operation hours
      • Mitigation measures to minimise any adverse effects to surrounding use of land from noise, dust, odour, chemical use and storage, farm machinery, traffic, trading hours and antisocial behaviour
  • Feature Survey prepared by a qualified Land Surveyor
  • If a sign is proposed, see Sign checklist
  • Waste water treatment details
  • Other site conditions may apply
  • Other requirements may apply i.e. VicRoads, relevant water authority, CFA
  • Any relevant correspondence from other agencies

Terms explained

Planning
Planning covers a broad range of issues, but is essentially about the control of the construction, growth and development of towns, cities and urban areas.
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Planning covers a broad range of issues, but is essentially about the control of the construction, growth and development of towns, cities and urban areas.Visit the  for more information

Planning Permit
A planning permit is a legal document that allows a certain use and/or development on land. A planning permit is not a building permit. You may need to obtain both a building permit and a planning permit.
Visit the Vic Planning website for more information

A planning permit is a legal document that allows a certain use and/or development on land. A planning permit is not a building permit. You may need to obtain both a building permit and a planning permit.Visit the  for more information

Planning Scheme
Under Victoria's planning system, local councils and the State Government develop planning schemes to control land use and development. They contain planning policies, zones, overlays and other provisions that affect how land can be used and developed.
Visit the Planning Schemes website for more information

Under Victoria's planning system, local councils and the State Government develop planning schemes to control land use and development. They contain planning policies, zones, overlays and other provisions that affect how land can be used and developed. Visit the for more information

VicSmart
VicSmart is a streamlined assessment process for straightforward planning permit applications. Key features of VicSmart include:

VicSmart is a streamlined assessment process for straightforward planning permit applications. Key features of VicSmart include:

  • a 10 day permit process
  • applications are not advertised
  • information to be submitted with an application and what council can consider is pre-set
  • the Chief Executive Officer of the council or delegate decides the application.

visit the Vic Planning website for more information

Lodgement

Planning permit applications may be lodged by:

  • post:
    Statutory Planning                                
    Latrobe City Council                             
    PO Box 264                                         
    MORWELL VIC 3844                           
  • in person:
    Latrobe City Corporate Headquarters
    141 Commercial Road, Morwell

Disclaimer

This checklist is a trial undergoing review by May 2018. Feedback on the checklist to Council is welcome. The checklist has been prepared to assist with the satisfactory information required to be submitted with a planning application. An initial assessment will be undertaken upon receipt of the application to ensure that the information is satisfactory in accordance with the Planning Scheme and Planning and Environment Act 1987 (Victoria). Please note that additional information may be required after the completion of the initial assessment. This publication may be of assistance to you but the State of Victoria and Local government authorities (Latrobe City, Baw Baw Shire, Wellington Shire) and its employees do not guarantee that the publication is without flaw of any kind or is wholly appropriate for your particular purposes and therefore disclaims all liability for any error, loss or other consequence which may arise from you relying on any information in this publication.

More information

For more information about liquor licences contact the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) and Council’s Planning Department.