Permission to Consume or Sell Alcohol

If a function or event is being organised where alcohol will be available within a City of Melville facility or on a City of Melville reserve you will need to gain the appropriate liquor licence. There are three types of licences to be considered. The first two are issued by the City of Melville and the third requires an application to the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Consumption Liquor Licence (Issued by the City of Melville)

A consumptions license is applicable if you are:

  • Supplying all the alcohol at no charge to your guests
  • Allowing guest to BYO alcohol.

In other words you are not;

  • Selling alcohol
  • Charging an entry fee that includes the alcohol
  • Holding an exhibition where products are for sale or being displayed.

If the above descriptions fits your function or event, are required to apply for a Consumption Liquor Licence, which attracts a small fee. To apply for this licence, please attend the  City of Melville Civic Centre in Booragoon and complete the Permission to Consume Liquor in a Public Place form.  Please note the following:

  • This form must be completed at the latest 1 week prior to the event, in person by the person who'll be listed as the responsible person.
  • The responsible person listed on the Permission to Consume Liquor in a Public Place form must be present for the duration of the event.
  • The Responsible Officer must be over the age of 18 and produce photo identification at the time of applying for the licence.
  • The permit must be present at the facility during the function or event. 
Small Function Occasional Licence (Issued by the City of Melville)

Small functions that are selling alcohol or holding exhibitions where products are for sale or being displayed can now obtain a Permission to Consume Liquor in a Public Place providing the function fits the following conditions: 

  • Maximum attendance is 75 people or less with the function duration being no more than 4 hours and finishing before 10pm, with no more than 4 standard drinks per person (or 1 standard drink per hour)
  • Maximum attendance is 100 people or less with the function duration being no more than 2 hours and finishes before 10pm with no more than 2 standard drinks per person (or 1 standard drink per hour).

Your permission to consume liquor in a public place is subject to the conditions below being adhered to at all times.

  • An attendee does not include a person who is: 1) managing or supervising the function; 2) providing services at the function (such as serving food or liquor; security etc); 3) providing entertainment at the function or assisting a person who is providing entertainment
  •  The function must commence after 6am and finish by 10pm on the same day
  • A drunk person is not allowed to consume liquor at the function, nor is liquor to be supplied to a drunk person
  • For the purposes of this exemption, a function is defined under section 3(1) of the Act as: a gathering, occasion or event (including a sporting contest, show, exhibition, trade or     other fair, or reception) at which it is proposed that liquor be sold or supplied to those present
  • Where liquor is sold or supplied at a small occasional function, the premises on which the function takes place is deemed to be regulated premises under section 122 of the Act
  • Offence provisions under section 122 and section 115 therefore apply to the supply of liquor to juveniles and drunk persons, the consumption and possession of liquor by juveniles and the consumption of liquor by drunk persons on these premises.

If the above descriptions fits your function or event, are required to apply for a Consumption Liquor Licence, which attracts a small fee. To apply for this licence, please attend the  City of Melville Civic Centre in Booragoon and complete the Permission to Consume Liquor in a Public Place form.  Please note the following:

  • This form must be completed at the latest 1 week prior to the event, in person by the person who'll be listed as the responsible person
  • The responsible person listed on the Permission to Consume Liquor in a Public Place form must be present for the duration of the event
  • The Responsible Officer must be over the age of 18 and produce photo identification at the time of applying for the licence
  • The permit must be present at the facility during the function or event. 
Occasional Liquor Licence (Issued by Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries)

An Occasional Liquor Licence is applicable to your funciton or event,  if you are selling alcohol or including alcohol as part of the entry fee or where goods are being sold. To apply for an Occasional Liquor Licence you will need to apply in writing to the City of Melville for support. The written request must include the following information and preferably be on a letterhead:

  • How many people will be attending (and how many children)
  •  What is the purpose of the event
  •  Will your group being making a profit from the sale of alcohol
  •  What quantity of alcohol will be sold
  •  What food / water / soft drink will be provided
  •  The name of the responsible person on site
  •  Details of ‘Responsible Service of Alcohol’ certifications
  •  Date / Time of the Event

If the City supports the request a letter will be sent to you, so that it can be supplied to Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. Please contact the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries if you have any questions or to confirm when the application must be lodged. Lodgement periods for Occasional Liquor Licence are applicable.

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