Christmas is less than five weeks away and we have already received a number of enquiries asking us what the Christmas trading hours are for liquor licences. We have outlined the relevant restrictions below.
At Midnight on Christmas Eve premises must stop serving alcohol. The 30 minute grace period applies but all liquor must be consumed or disposed of by 12.30 am. Under the new approach to the use of licensed premises after liquor sales have ended, a licensee can allow patrons to remain on the premises to enjoy entertainment or purchase food or non-alcoholic drinks. However, gaming and adult entertainment are not permitted at any time on Christmas Day.
This now applies to all licensed premises in Queensland.
On-Premises Sales Christmas Day
The sale of liquor on Christmas day is only permitted under certain circumstances.
With a meal – liquor may be supplied to a person who is eating a meal, in a place ordinarily set aside for dining. Liquor may be supplied under for one hour before the meal, during the meal and for one hour after the meal.
To in-house guests – liquor may be supplied to in-house guests of hotels (and their bona-fide guests), for consumption in the guest’s room or unit only, throughout Christmas Day.
Takeaway Sales on Christmas Day
Takeaway sales are not permitted on Christmas Day, all bottleshops must be closed.
Boxing Day Trading
Normal trading resumes on Boxing Day. If you have approved extended trading you may reopen at 12.01 am on Boxing Day.
New Year’s Eve Trading
All licensees are permitted to trade until 2.00 am on New Years day, regardless of regular approved trading hours. The 30 minute grace period applies, meaning all patrons must be off the premises by 2.30 am.
A licensee wishing to trade past 2.00 am, and who does not have approved extended trading hours to do so, may apply for a one-off approval. Applications for temporary (one-off) approvals for extended trading hours must be lodged at least 21 days in advance.
In any calendar year licensees may obtain up to 12 one-off approvals for post-midnight trading and this allowance resets at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Therefore, a licensee who has reached their limit for 2016 may apply for an approval for New Year’s Eve, as it would be the first approval of 2017.
Liquor & Gaming Specialists Office Hours
Our office will close at 12 noon, 23 December 2015 and reopen on 3 January 2016. We will be checking emails and responding to urgent enquiries over the break.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.