We regularly receive enquiries from schools, clubs and other community organisations wanting to sell liquor at a fete or similar fundraising event. In Queensland, to allow the lawful sale or supply of liquor under these circumstances, you must obtain a Community Liquor Permit from OLGR.
Before the 2008 amendments to the Liquor Act, the Community Liquor Permit was known as a General Purpose Permit. Under the Liquor Act 1912 it was known as a Booth Permit or Ball Permit. Although the names have changed, the conditions of eligibility are largely the same.
- A Community Liquor Permit will only be issued to a non-proprietary club, or another organisation or individual, provided the proceeds from the sale or supply of liquor are for the benefit of the community.
- A permit is valid for the area and duration specified on the permit.
- A permit can be issued for one or several days, consecutive or otherwise.
- All of the usual regulations apply regarding minors, responsible service of alcohol, intoxication and disorderly conduct.
To obtain a Community Liquor Permit you must complete an application form and submit it to OLGR at least 21 days before the event. In addition to the application fee of $52 per day, some or all of the following may be required:
- Endorsement by the local police.
- If the event is to be held in a public place, permission from the local government authority.
- If the event is open to the general public, a completed event management plan.
The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation have recently launched Online Applications for Community Liquor Permits. At the time of writing this article, the facility is only an option if you live in the Brisbane area. However, if the pilot program is successful it will be rolled out Statewide in due course.
OLGR have published a factsheet about the online applications for Community Liquor Permits.