Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 15 Hansard (10 December) . . Page.. 5823..
(4) The Office of Regulatory Services endeavours to process applications for a liquor licence within six weeks, providing the application form is completed and provides all required information.
This period of time allows the office to:
� Process the application;
� Consider the application in accordance with the Liquor Act 1975 and the Liquor Licensing Standards Manual;
� Arrange an interview with the Commissioner of Fair Trading or a Commissioner's Delegate to establish if the applicant is a fit and proper person;
� Conduct one or more inspections of the premises (often pre and post construction) to determine if the premises are suitable; and
� Issue final approval.
Where application documents are complete, the premises are ready for inspection and applicants are ready for an interview the processing period may be considerably less than the six weeks.
(5) There were no applications received in the above period for Club, Special or General liquor licences.
There were five applications received for OFF liquor licences (four in September and one in October). The longest period until licence was granted, for the September applications, was 18 days. One was three days, another one day only - both involved re-licensing premises that had previously been licensed. One application was withdrawn. The October application is still pending - as construction of the building is not yet complete:
There were five applications for ON liquor licences (two in July; one in August; one in September; and one in October). The two in July took 69 and 54 days respectively, due to both buildings being incomplete at time of lodging applications. The August application, lodged on 31 August, took 52 days to process up to grant stage as the application was incomplete and discussions with the applicant were needed to resolve this. The September and October applications took one day and 7 days respectively and involved re-licensing premises that had previously been licensed.
(6) Number of applications for new liquor licences received in the 2008-2009 year:
� General licences = nil
� Club licences = one only (33 days - includes assessment of Club's constitution and rules)
� Special liquor licences = two (one took 52 days following delays obtaining all relevant details from the applicant and devising a set of licence conditions; the other took only one day and involved re-licensing premises that had previously been licensed)