New laws to instigate a small venue culture in Adelaide were introduced to Parliament on 28 November 2012. The new class of liquor license became active on 26 April 2013.
On 23 November 2011, the Premier announced plans to transform the little-used laneways of Adelaide’s CBD into vibrant spaces that attract people to the heart of the city. In his announcement the Premier identified changes to liquor licensing laws as one of the key areas for action.
The Liquor Licensing (Small Venue Licence) Amendment Bill 2012 amended the Liquor Licensing Act 1997 to provide for a new category of liquor licence for small venues.
A small venue licence includes:
- Standard hours of service will be 11am to midnight or Good Friday with extensions of opening hours until 2am possible upon application.
- The maximum capacity will be limited to 120 patrons.
- No separate application for entertainment consent will be required (approval at the Commissioner’s discretion) for entertainment during standard hours of service.
- Gaming will not be permitted.
- 28 November 2012 Small venues to thrive in vibrant Adelaide - www.premier.sa.gov.au
- 19 February 2013 Media release - city small venues get the green light (PDF 110KB)
- 26 April 2013 Media release - doors open on new small venue licence (PDF 92KB)