The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) has told TheShout that it will be issuing liquor licence renewal notices from late November.
The regulator added that liquor licence renewal fees are due for payment in full to the State Revenue Office by 31 December 2019 regardless of when the liquor licence or permit was issued.
A spokesperson for the VCGLR said: “Licensees registered to the Liquor Portal and eLicence will receive their renewal notice via email only, no hard copy will be sent. Once payment is made, the 2020 liquor licence will be emailed within five working days ready to print and display at the licensed venue.
“Licensees can still register to the Liquor Portal to receive their liquor licence within five working days of payment.
“Licensees may be able to apply to reduce or waive their annual renewal fee if an application is made prior to 31 December 2019. More information on this process can be found on the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) website under the Reduce or waive a renewal fee page.”
If licensees no longer require their liquor licence or permit, they need to complete the surrender a liquor licence or permit application form and send this to the VCGLR.
The regulator also said that it is an offence under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 for licensees to not pay their renewal fees by 31 December 2019, adding that from 1 January 2020, VCGLR inspectors may be visiting licensed premises who have not paid their fee.