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4. Liquor And Dance Parties On Licensed Premises
Liquor can only be served at Dance parties in certain circumstances. You can:
For further information about On-licence (function) licence, or about hoteliers supplying liquor away from their licensed premises, contact the Licensing Court of NSW - Court Registry, telephone (02) 9289 8894, facsimile (02) 9289 8819.
Inquiries should be made as early as possible, at least 31 days before the event.
An approval from the local council must be held for registered clubs, hotels and licensed premises where entertainment is provided. See Section 5 for details.
Liquor and Harm Minimisation
The Liquor and Registered Clubs Acts require licensed premises to minimise the harm connected with the misuse or abuse of liquor, such as violent and anti-social behaviour. Licensees must ensure that practices are put in place so that liquor is sold, supplied and served responsibly. Also, that all reasonable steps will be taken to prevent intoxication on the premises.
This means a licensee should not use promotions or conduct activities which encourage binge or excessive drinking, or under age drinking. Also, the licensees and staff are to be trained in responsible serving practices. This includes refusing to serve liquor to an intoxicated person, asking them to leave, and seeking Police help if the person refuses to leave.
Liquor licensees and registered club managers are encouraged to check licensing issues with the Department of Gaming and Racing before staging a Dance party on their premises. Contact the Complaints Section, Special Investigations Branch, on telephone (02) 9289 8402 for more information.
Under 18s (alcohol free) Dance Parties on Licensed Premises
To hold an under 18s Dance party in a hotel or registered club, the licensee or club manager must apply for a "minors function authority" (for hotels) or a "functions authority" (for clubs, which includes functions for non-members). The application should be made to the NSW Licensing Court at least 21 days before the event. The local Police Patrol Commander must be notified in writing 7 days before each event.
These authorities are subject to a number of conditions, including those listed below.
Noise and Safety
For further information on staging under 18s Dance parties in hotels or registered clubs, contact the Department of Gaming and Racing, Industry Development Branch, telephone (02) 9289 8647 or (02) 9289 8648, and facsimile (02) 9289 8669.
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