With liquor licence fees due on 30 November publicans will be thrilled to hear that Simon Corbell has at last announced what they will be:
In summary the revised fee structure includes:
— A small bar trading to 2am with an occupancy loading less than 150 patrons will pay $1,911 less and a bar with less than 350 patrons trading to 4am will pay $1,661 less
— A large nightclub with an occupancy loading of more than 350 patrons trading to 4am will pay $7,714 more. The maximum fee for a large nightclub with an occupancy loading greater than 350 patrons which is open till 5am is $23,625.
— A large club trading to 4am will pay $589 more for a licence next year because the review found it was less of a risk than a large nightclub. The most a large club with an occupancy loading greater than 350 patrons and open till 5am will pay is $15,750, which is $411 less than last year’s fee.
— The new off licence fees for bottleshops and supermarkets have been reduced for smaller businesses to reflect the findings of the review and provide greater equity. Off licensees who purchase smaller amounts of liquor for sale will pay less than those who sell more. Off licensees selling between $100,000 and $500,000 will pay $1,500 less and those selling between $500,000 and $1m will pay $1,000 less.
— The Government has also introduced a new category of off licence for those small, boutique businesses, which sell small quantities of liquor under $5,000, who will pay $500 for their licence instead of $1,638 which they paid last year.
UPDATE: The Greens’ Shane Rattenbury has applauded this return to sanity. Shane would, however, like the fees to not be an annual lump sum.