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Nightclubs and restaurants - 1 July, 2015 heralds the beginning of amendments to the liquor licensing framework

3 July 2015

The latest instalment of Safe Night Out Strategy initiatives came into effect on 1 July with nightclub and restaurant owners receiving special attention.

The first of the main objectives of the Liquor Amendment Regulation (No. 1) 2015 (Qld) is to tighten regulatory control over cafe and restaurant owners who have previously used loopholes in the legislation to operate their premises as "pseudo nightclubs" using late-trading subsidiary on-premises licences. This has been resolved by reducing extended trading hours for these types of businesses from 3am to 1am.

Another important feature of the changes includes the creation of a new class of licence specifically for nightclubs to differentiate them from lower risk restaurants and accommodation facilities with which they were previously grouped. This better represents the commercial nature of nightclubs and their business activities.

Additionally, the new legislation prescribes an increased annual base fee for the new nightclub category and details the extended hours risk criterion fee for subsidiary on-premises licences where the principal activity of the business is the serving of meals.

For more information please contact:

Curt Schatz | Partner
Mullins Lawyers
t +61 7 3224 0230
f +61 7 3224 0333
cschatz@mullinslaw.com.au

Louise Wallace | Partner
Mullins Lawyers
t +61 7 3224 0231
f +61 7 3224 0333
lwallace@mullinslaw.com.au


Mark Madsen | Partner
Mullins Lawyers
t +61 7 3224 0241
f +61 7 3224 0333
mmadsen@mullinslaw.com.au

Matthew Bradford | Partner
Mullins Lawyers
t +61 7 3224 0353
f +61 7 3224 0333
mbradford@mullinslaw.com.au

 

 

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