As seen in the July edition of Bowls Queensland's Queensland Bowler magazine.
Do you know about the provisions in the Liquor Act that allow bowls clubs to have extended licensed trading hours? Or the restrictions on trading hours for certain days throughout the year? Learn how to maximise your club’s trading hours with important insights from hospitality partner, Matthew Bradford.
Standard and late night trading
While standard liquor licence trading hours for venues in Queensland are 10.00am-12.00am, seven days per week, clubs can seek approval for late night extended hours to trade until 2.00am, or until 3.00am if they are located within a designated Safe Night Precinct.
Temporary one-off extended hours permits can be obtained for late night trading, but these are limited to six permits per year. These one-off post-midnight permits will only be granted for ‘special occasions’ which must be either:
Early morning trading
All licensees can apply for early morning extended hours to trade from 9.00am-10.00am if they can demonstrate community need for liquor sales during this period, and community club venues can seek additional early morning extended hours to trade between 7.00am and 9.00am if they can demonstrate community need.
However, because of the unique nature of sporting activities and early morning starts at bowls and golf clubs, there is a presumption that there is a need for liquor sales between 7.00am and 10.00am and therefore bowls and golf clubs do not have to demonstrate community need during these hours.
Non-club licensees can only obtain approval to trade between 7.00am and 9.00am for functions. Temporary one-off extended hours permits can be obtained for early morning trading, but these are limited to four permits per year.
Operating outside approved licensed hours
Of course, a club can still continue to use its premises outside of the approved licensed hours, provided it does not permit the sale or consumption of liquor at these times.
Licensees should also be aware that the Liquor Act allows for a 30 minute grace period after your trading hours cease, to allow patrons to remain on premises to finish off drinks they have already purchased.
Standard gaming hours for licensees are 10.00am-12.00am. No gaming is permitted before 10.00am. Clubs can seek approval to operate gaming for up to two hours after their liquor licence hours cease. So a club that has approval to sell liquor until midnight could obtain approval to operate gaming machines until 2.00am.
Restrictions for prescribed days
There are also certain prescribed days that have restrictions on trading hours as follows:
Have you got questions about your club’s liquor licence? Contact Matthew Bradford on 07 3224 0353
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