Licensed Premises Permit


There are specific Victoria-wide requirements for running businesses that serve alcohol.

You must obtain Planning Approval, for a business where alcohol is sold or consumed, when any of the following apply:

  • A licence is required under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998.
  • The permitted hours of trading are to be extended.
  • The permitted number of patrons is to be increased.
  • The area where liquor is permitted to be consumed or supplied is to be increased.

How to apply

Submit your application for Planning Approval online (fees apply).

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Your application will need to include the following:

  • A copy of title and relevant lot plan (available from the Landata website).
  • Proposed hours of operation and patron numbers.
  • The nature and location of uses surrounding the site.
  • The number of on-site car parking spaces.
  • The red-line plan (i.e. the area proposed to serve alcohol). The plan should include a layout of the site showing the seating areas, key fixtures and fittings and proposed maximum patron numbers.
  • A noise amenity and action plan, identifying noise sources and details of any music to be played at the venue.
  • An assessment by a registered building surveyor detailing the patron capacity of the licensed premise.

Supporting documents

For more information see the Stonnington Planning Scheme Licensed Premises Policy.

Stonnington Liquor Accord 

The Stonnington Liquor Accord is a group of licensed premises business owners/operator who share a common aim to:

  • encourage and implement best practice in the management of licensed premises and the immediate external environment
  • promote responsible standards of behaviour to maximise the safety of everyone in and around our City
  • maintain high operational standards to ensure patrons enjoy their experience
  • provide training opportunities and pilot programs to ensure best practice.

Membership to the group is free and is open to all Stonnington businesses who hold a liquor license.

The Stonnington Liquor Accord meets quarterly with representatives from Council, Victoria Police and the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation to discuss current issues.

The Accord also runs member training programs on:

  • emergency management
  • advanced RSA
  • conflict resolution
  • mental health first aid.

If you would like to know more or become a member, contact the Liquor Accord at or call 03 8290 1333.