The recent easing of restrictions sparks new opportunities and optimism for businesses who serve alcoholic beverages to the public and with this comes the need for businesses to be aware of compliance requirements for the sale of liquor on premises.
If you are selling liquor or offering to liquor for sale in Victoria, you must ensure that your business has the authority for the sale of liquor in accordance with Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR).
i. Transfer an existing liquor license or permit
Particularly important is ensuring that the business has a valid liquor license in the appropriate name.
For those who are taking over a licensed premise, it is not enough that the premise has a current and valid liquor license, the existing liquor license or permit must be transferred to the proposed licensee or permittee who taking over the licensed premise.
The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation has significant investigatory powers including but not limited to, the right to enter premises and the inspection of documents for any potential breach of unlicensed selling of liquor in accordance with section 107 of Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 (Vic).
ii. Penalty for unlicensed selling of liquor
Those who do not have a valid license in the appropriate name may risk sanction and serious penalties.
Business owners who have not transferred the liquor license to their name, may be found guilty of unlicensed selling of liquor which carries with it a maximum penalty of fine of $39,652.80 or imprisonment for 2 years. Therefore, fi your business owner, it is critical that you know your compliance requirements when selling liquor or offering to sell liquor within your business premises.
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