In December of each year, liquor licence fee renewal notices are sent by the VCGLR to liquor licensed venues in Victoria.
The fee renewal date is set for payment before 1 January of the following year.
For example, liquor licence renewals for 2015 should have been paid by 31 December 2014.
However, there are no consequences for not paying your licence renewal fees up to 31 March 2015. This date is fast approaching.
After 31 March, if a venue partner has not paid their fees, and they continue to trade, they are trading without a licence and face fines of over $ 24,000 or 2-years imprisonment. As they will not have a current liquor licence, they will also not be able to provide EGM gambling services. If they do so, they will also be in breach of the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 and be liable for additional penalties.
However, once the liquor licence fees are paid, the licence is renewed and they can resume trading legally.
If the licence has not been renewed by 30 June 2015, the licensee has no further right to renew the licence. However, an owner, mortgagee, or other person who is prejudicially affected by the failure may apply for renewal of the licence up until 30 September 2015.
Venue partners who have not yet paid their 2015 liquor licence renewal fees advised to do so as soon as possible.