This authorises a transition period when a business is sold to allow the new owner of a licensed premise to trade on an existing licence until they obtain a new licence in their own name.
Download and complete a temporary authority application form [PDF, 892KB](external link) before you apply.
Please ensure you have read and understood the privacy statement, signed and dated your application.
We encourage you to talk with us early about transition arrangements. For example, annual fees will still be due on the existing licence until a new licence is issued.
Your temporary authority application should be lodged at least 15 working days before the takeover date. You cannot sell alcohol until the temporary authority has been issued.
Lodge your application as early as possible before the takeover date. If all relevant information is received and the Inspector and Police have no objection, a temporary authority normally can be issued within that 10-day period.
Please read the checklist on the form to make sure you include all the extra documents we need with your application. Incomplete applications will be returned.
For assignment of any existing Council footpath leases for the business included under the existing licence, please contact the Council's property leasing team directly to arrange.
A temporary authority is normally issued for three months. A temporary authority cannot be issued to a club.
Documents required with your application are:
The fees for processing your application are non-refundable and must be paid when you apply for your licence.
For a temporary authority to be issued the existing licence needs to be kept current. Any annual licence fees that are due must be paid for you be able to trade. The licence must not be surrendered by the existing licensee.
Most alcohol licensing fees are set by regulations. However, any fees set by Council may be subject to annual review and any changes take effect on 1 July each year.
You will need to have an invoice from us before you can make your payment. This will be provided to you when you file your application documents.
Payments can be made by cash, EFTPOS, or credit card at a service desk or by internet banking. Internet banking payment account and reference details can be found on your invoice.
We no longer accept payments by cheque.
For internet banking, you will need to provide proof of payment that includes confirmation of the payment details (e.g. a screenshot of the completed transaction).
We can only process your applications once we have both the proof of payment of fees and the required application form and documents.
When alcohol is available for sale to the public, a manager who holds a current Manager’s Certificate must be on duty at all times. When operating under your temporary authority you will need to either:
If you are new to the alcohol industry it can take up to six months for you to undergo the required training, and gain enough experience to obtain a General Manager’s Certificate. You should bear this in mind when considering the staffing of your new business.
A temporary authority cannot be issued if you do not have an experienced duty manager for your premises.
A temporary authority can only be issued for up to three months and during this time you need to obtain your own licence. You need to apply for your new licence as soon as possible:
These links give more information about responsibilities for operating under the type of licence you will be operating, if granted, your temporary authority under:
A change in ownership of the business will also mean you need to apply for a new notice of registration for the preparation and sale of food.
Applications for this registration can be found under Food Licensing.
Questions about your food premises registration application should be emailed directly to the Food Safety Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 03 941 8727 and ask for the Food Safety Team.